|Review: Tulus - Biography Obscene|
Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 2, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3.54/5 (70.77%) (13 Votes)
I had never heard of a band called Tulus before but, according to my infos, this band was to become Khold, which has since disbanded. I remember Khold as an average type band but on the other hand, Tulus sounds rather original, just like it is often the case with Norwegian acts. Since I'm rather open minded and always looking forward to hear something new and refreshing, happy was I to listen to Biography Obscene. Indeed, this Nordic band adds to their dark, varying paces a type of thrashy black metal with thrilling guitar work and some adventurous elements. You can witness some sort of theatrical female vocals, progressive time signatures, piano and keyboards, even a church organ on the closing track, acoustic and classical guitars, cello, violin, horns and saxophone. Those last instruments are not without reminding me of some good old uncle Frank Zappa (R.I.P.) and also, on a few occasions, the riffing is similar to good rock music.
Although the sound is pretty good, it tends to be a bit too mid range for my own taste, translating in a lack of punch in the bass/drum. The thrashy vocals are still bearable for me, since the forced/screaming edge is not overdone. The best tracks are Prelude and Stories Untold.
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