Boomkat Product Review:
It’s always pretty dangerous to try and marry the distant worlds of classical music and rock. It has been tried many times before, I mean just look at prog rock; men with obscenely long hair trying desperately to inject the same level of skill and theory found in classical music into rock – we ended up with 20 minute long solos and tracks about Goblins and Faeries… not the most wonderful idea ever was it? Well Tarantula AD have seemingly closed their ears to this era of musical faux pas and gone ahead with their own ‘fresh’ take on the classical rock mixture. Of course, we’ve heard it done well; Godspeed You! Black Emperor have a lot to be thanked for, and Tarantula AD certainly show they have been listening, but that faint odour of hammy prog wisps it’s way over all and any credible attempts they make. You only need to look at the cover really to get a handle on what to expect from this album; a hammy pseudo Greek mythological scene crossed with something which looks vaguely pagan. Saying this, I do have a soft spot for a number of these tracks, in all their pomposity and pseudo-grandiose posturing there is something very nearly magical entwined in the legend and fairytale. Lifted up by collaborations from the unstoppable Devandra Banhart and his squeeze’s band Cocorosie, this is an album to be hidden under your bed, either that or filed next to Saxon’s epic ‘Crusader’.