Although I am not one for female fronted Metal bands (that doesn’t make me misogynistic either) Finnish Melodic Metallers TACERE do offer up something different and that bit more interesting than say LACUNA COIL, NIGHTWISH and WITHIN TEMPTATION. Initial comparisons will be made with the aforementioned bands but to pigeon-hole TACERE into the Goth Metal genre is a complete misnomer. They have more in common with KAMELOT, DREAM THEATER, SENTENCED, STRATOVARIUS and even at times NEVERMORE than they do with the pouting demure giants of Goth.
The female vocal of Helena Haaparanta is backed up by the often hoarse vocal of TACERE main man and guitarist Karri Knuuttila and together they forge a very distinct own brand sound through glimpses of Progressive Metal, Power Metal and bits and pieces picked up from a myriad of sources. It’s a real smorgasbord of sounds to be honest. The thumping opener ‘’Deep Tears Of Tragedy’’ showcases the bands penchant for Metal as does the technical prowess on the excellent ‘’I Devour’’ Knuuttila hasn’t the best voice but Haaparanta carries both with ease and composure. ‘’I Devour’’ features some real heavy riffing from Knuuttila verging on NEVERMORE proclivity and his playing is never more omnipresent in the devouring ‘’Excursion’’ and he doesn’t hold back the reins on the blistering ‘’Black Roses’’ either. Haaparanta returns on the haunting Power ballad of sorts ‘’A Voice In The Dark’’ where she puts in a magical performance. In fact her glorious melodies sweep across the entire album lifting it far and above the ordinary.
For me the best track on the album reveals itself as ‘’Bitter, Regressive’’ A battering ram of a song which comprises of a titanic riffing, bombastic drumming and electrifying solos. It sums up the cohesion, energy and spirit of a band surely destined for bigger and better things. Regardless of your thoughts on females in Metal TACERE is a worthy addition to any collection, any collection that is missing that bit of originality and passion for Metal.
(Online June 3, 2007)