Taberah- Sinners Lament (Independent)

There'll be no lamenting when this stormer hits the shelves...
Release Date: 
19 May 2017 (All day)

Taberah has got to be one of Australia’s best kept secrets. The motto of this Tassie four piece is “heavy metal played with the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll” and unless you can provide a doctor’s certificate stating that you’re legally blind, it’s hard not to see that this is the case. Over two releases, 2011’s The Light of Which I Dream and 2013’s Necromancer, the band has released some truly scorching melodic metal. However, 2013 was 4 years ago- an eternity in the insatiable maw of music consumption- and fans have been impatiently sitting on their hands awaiting new material. Has the wait been worth it? 

To put it succinctly- yes. From the first throngs of the title track, it’s clear that Taberah has upped the ante on this release. The song is easily the most outwardly power metal thing the band has yet written (even if they don’t want to admit it), with a soft acoustic mid-section replete with subtle orchestration and female vocals to complement the usual array of layered choruses and waling solos they have become known for. But if Sinners Lament shows Taberah pushing things further than ever before, then next track Wicked Way brings things right back to their rocking core. The track features their most infectious riff to date that takes the adrenalized Deep Purple worship of their cover of Burn and cranks it to 11. 

On multiple play-throughs of the album, it’s striking how much of a well-oiled machine it is. Taberah has been functioning as a band for over 10 years now and it’s with that kind of experience that musicians develop an almost telepathic quality with each other. They know exactly where their strengths lie, and where they can push things. It’s precisely this quality that lets a song with lyrics as hokey as Child of Storm sound utterly righteous when placed in context with the pummelling riffs, soaring vocal lines and searing leads also on display on this little number. 

Not every track is a winner however, penultimate track Heal Me largely just meanders around despite featuring a nice solo and chorus. And played with a wink and a nod it might be, but the Tassies just don’t have the right swagger to sell the sleaze of Harlott (the song not the band). With that said, these small quibbles aren’t enough to distract from the overall quality of the album. (Oh, and there’s this cover song that they threw in but that’s not really anything worth getting worked up over.) 

Sinners Lament is Taberah doing what they do best, but taking it that one step further. That may sound like a blasé assessment, but what Taberah does best is deliver electrifying melodic metal that really deserves to be heard by more people. You would do well to be one of them.