Taberah - Necromancer (Dust on the Tracks)

Things are on the up for these rocking Tasmanians...
Release Date: 
12 Sep 2013 - 11:30pm

Tasmania’s ‘increasingly infamous’ Taberah have returned with a new album, and very nice it is too, sure to appeal to all fans of true metal that happen across it.

They’ve been going in one form or another now for nine years, and it’s a couple of years on from their promising (if not exactly earth shattering) debut) The Light of Which I Dream. That’s admirable stickability if nothing else, but is this perseverance starting to pay dividends? You’d have to say that it is. The band has snared itself European management, off the back of which a brand spanking deal with German label Dust on the Tracks has appeared, so things in the back-room area are sorting themselves out in rather splendid fashion.

But what of the music, which as we know is why we’re all here! It too, is coming on in leaps and bounds – nothing much has changed generally, the band churning out a pleasingly breakneck blend of trad and power metal, but the ante in terms of playing and production has been significantly upped. Everything on Necromancer sounds ten times bigger and better, with songs such as dramatic opener 2012 in particular benefitting from the wider palette of production techniques that have become available to the band. 

If there’s one query to raise, It’s that the vocals of Jonathon Barwick haven’t quite kept pace with what else is going on – he can obviously sing, so it might just be that the vocals were squeezed to the edge of the picture during recording, resulting in the slightly flat sound of the man’s voice in comparison to what’s going on around him This is most apparent on the cover of Deep Purple’s Burn, but it’s a recurring theme throughout the album. More time spent on this next time around in the studio should see this small problem ironed out. 

But we don’t want to dwell on the one negative when there are so many positives to keep coming back to. The songs on Necromancer are uniformly splendid, and certainly a step up from The Light of Which I Dream; If they can keep coming up with material of the calibre of the title track and Dying Wish then the band’s future is assured, not to mention incredibly bright. And, if they can capitalise on the benefits that their new European connections will so obviously bring, then the next time you are reading about me wittering on about the next Taberah album then we might be talking about something very special indeed.