ALBUM REVIEW: Tallah – Matriphagy

Release Date: October 2nd 2020
Label: Earache Records
Website: None available


Tallah made their mark in 2018 with their ‘No One Should Read This’ EP, and have continued to not only refine their own unique blend of metallic hardcore and nu-metal, but have also tackled a truly unique and twisted concept for their debut full-length, ‘Matriphagy’.

A bold decision for an emerging band, Tallah not only have the goods but also the confidence to deliver it.

After a stark and haunting introduction, ‘Matriphagy’ kicks into high gear with ‘No One Should Read This’. Yep, a track named after their aforementioned EP. Scuttling between crushing grooves, diminished chords, and a breakneck tempo, the track pulls no punches in introducing the group. Working as a tight unit, they flit through blast beats, low gutturals, hardcore infused stops, and doom laden bridges with a fevered energy. Held together by the varied vocal performance of Justin Bonitz, the various influences sit alongside one another to create a blistering opening track.

Not resting on the technical proficiency of the group or the metallic hardcore approach to nu-metal, as shown in ‘Kungan’ and ‘Too Quick To Grieve’, Tallah dip into a multitude of styles to create a demented soundtrack to the dark and confrontational concept of ‘Matriphagy’. From bringing stadium-sized choruses to the paranoid and thrash flavoured ‘Overconfidence’ to the unhinged industrial stomp of ‘L.E.D.’, the record continues to unfurl new layers.

As we reach its mid way point, it becomes clear that Tallah aren’t merely aping the metallic hardcore and nu-metal genres, but are pushing them further instead. Managing to create a disturbing atmosphere on the likes of ‘We, The Sad’ and ‘The Silo’ whilst also delivering a memorable clean vocal performance on the latter, Tallah prove to be a band with their own identity.

Following up from a relatively dark and grim second act, ‘Cottonmouth’ pulls the record back from grim imagery and jumps into the frenzied vocal operatics of Bonitz. Signalling an unrelenting final act, ‘Cottonmouth’ bleeds into the triplet heavy and jagged ‘Murder Seed’. A fitting end to such a dense and claustrophobic record, ‘Red Light’ offers up a chaotic conclusion to a bleak and frantic narrative.

An experience onto itself, ‘Matriphagy’ is not only a stunning debut record, but also a near perfect execution of a concept that could have been handled without finesse. Whilst Tallah have created a unique sound, it’s doubtful that they will remain rigid to any genre in future releases.