Boomkat Product Review:
Touring as a trio (Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Danny Grody and Jim Redd) Tarentel embarked upon a number of dates in Italy and Switzerland durig 2005. These documents are now presented in a highly limited (500 copies) edition by Digitalis in their 'Arts & Crafts' series, and they find the band in uncommonly incendiary form, casting aside the more sedate and sober improvisations they've become best known for in favour of brash, extroverted gestures. Hammering, half-tribal, half-industrial drumming collides with spiraling mixer feedback and eloquent noise patterns occasionally calling upon more obviously 'pretty' elements such as delay-ravaged guitars on the longer, more developed pieces such as 'Bern, Switzerland'. There's an intensity to this record (particularly in its searing first half) that you'd seldom encounter on a Tarentel album and it serves the musicians well, bringing light and shade to their music. Even as the record enters its more considered closing stages there's an edgy dynamism on show, switching from the gentle, filtered sustains of 'Perugia, Italy' to the gritty, squealing clamour of 'Massa Carrara, Italy'.