Tantara, from Norway, was formed almost ten years ago in the context of a talent show. Since then they had to face some problems with record labels and also multiple changes in the line-up, but they eventually managed to release two full-lenght albums. The music played by Tantara is a kind of thrash metal that’s deeply inspired by the legacy style of Bay Area metal (Testament, Metallica, …) and this approach is totally confirmed by their new release, Sum of Forces.
The music played by these guys is a tribute to the classic thrash metal that emerged between the 80s and 90s and, in this respect, their new album doesn’t offer any particular element of innovation except maybe for the inclusion in their songs of many melodic sections and also for the presence of an interesting 10 minutes long instrumental song which closes the record.
The fact that Tantara plays a style of metal that’s so close and reminiscent of the masters of thrash, however, doesn’t mean that their music is not valid or enjoyable, and all those metalheads who appreciate the raw and old-school style of thrash will for sure appreciate the six tracks of Sum of Forces. In the end, with their crushing riffs, headbanging rhythms and nice guitar solos, the four horsemen from Norway managed to pump new life into a genre of music that could be seen by many as dated, if not out of time.
Ideally in the future the band will bring a little more innovation in their music, if only to make their style more special and recognizable. In the meantime, they’ll keep fighting with many contenders to be considered the best musicians of contemporary thrash.
Sum of Forces is available for streaming on Spotify.
My favorite tracks are the title track and the opening song Punish the Punisher.