CD REVIEW Tarball

Band : Tarball
Album title : Rise Above
Label : Own release
Distributor : /
Release date : 20/02/2012
Release : CD

This Groningen (North Of Holland) based Alternative Rock/ Metal band (current band members being lead singer/ guitarist Daan Romein, guitarist/ backing singer Siger Riddersma, bassist Patrick Linthorst, and drummer Thomas Van Noorden) came into existence some 8 years ago, and took their time soaking in several influences in order to distill their current sound.

They also took their time showing the world outside the Dutch live circuit what they were about, releasing thus far only the demos Mine To Take and Bite The Bullit (respectively in 2006 and 2008). The latter got great reviews, with media likening the band's sound to Tool, Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, Marilyn Manson, A Perfect Tool...in different hybridisation possibilities! The band again took its time to construct the next set of songs, and didn't want to start recording any earlier than the Summer of last year. As their producer, they again chose Guido Aalbers whom had already worked on their Bite The Bullit demo (and who's well-known for having worked with the likes of Anneke van Giersbergen, Coldplay, Muse, and Queens Of The Stone Age to name but a few). Aalbers himself elucidates on the album by saying, “...this is a very ass-kickin' loud & in your face record...it pumps like a MF and the band has a unique style which makes it hard to compare them 1 on 1 with another band...” and then goes on to venture that, “...if you put Deftones, Alice In Chains, Metallica, Chevelle and A Perfect Circle in a blender, you get Tarball!”

Well, so there you have it: according to whomever reviews Tarball material, you'll find 'em using comparison points which they are most comfortable with...proof enough of the diversity of the band, ànd the fact that this is NOT a copy-cat affair! Personally however, while I like the music very much indeed, I am not so charmed by the lead singer's slightly nasal vocal stylings, and there's certainly moments where his vocal melodies could do with improvement. You're of course free to form your own opinion, in fact, you're even free to download the entire album, apparently, because that's apparently what you can do at the band's bandcamppage. You can also just listen to the music (all songs) at the band's own (www.) tarball.nl in the “video” section (which also houses 3 short studio reports and a clip for album track “Paradox”.

79/100

Tony.