The Finns released a rather impressive EP last year and I couldn't wait for the full length. Now, the debut is in my hands and it still seems like an EP because it's only a half an hour long, but I'll take it. The intro "The Land." is a three minute epic instrumental that sounds symphonic and one would think that it would be followed up with a RHAPSODY like performance. Nope! Only darkness and hopelessness ensues. It's dark, sinister and melodic.
"Misery My Loneliness" is aptly titled and the music fits perfectly. Tahvo growls like CANNIBAL CORPSE at times here. This song is way short because just when you think there is more we are onto the next track. Antti's guitar work is pretty impressive as he creates wonderful solos and even cooler riffs. The guys also manage to incorporate haunting atmospheres that could have been inspired by the likes of KING DIAMOND. The title track continues to be bleak, but they add some symphony to their madness in certain spots making the song just a bit creepy. If you think this is too mellow for some of you die hard Black Metal fans, then you would be correct, but they do intensify their music a bit with tracks like "Warlife" and "Stand In The Wind" which are nothing short of aggressive and ugly.
The two piece team that is TARTHARIA have managed to follow up with their EP by delivering a solid debut that won't disappoint the newer fans of the melodic Black Metal scene. So, indulge and be miserable. (Online February 4, 2005)