TALONS - 'New Topographics' review
"My old band SPERARE were fortunate enough to play with TALONS a fair few years back, and I do recall being blown away by their dual-violin accompanied instrumental post-rock. What we have here is a little more ambient and soundscape driven than what I remember of their last album, 'Hollow Realm', with a few songs dedicated solely to textures of the hum of ringing guitars, and violin melodies, creating epic, sweeping soundscapes. There are still plenty of colossal riffs here though, coupled with epic guitar melodies, with songs like 'Lunar Gloss' and 'The Wild Places' showing their ability to contrast both to beautiful effect, as well as some awesome, fuzzy distorted bass, and pounding drum work that is at times fast and technical, while at others sounding brilliantly mechanical, shining especially in the sublime 'The Dreams Have No Dream', which features not only the most intense and noisy section of the album at the end, which massively took me by surprise, but also a couple of my favourite melodies on here. A brilliant, and at times haunting, experimental piece of work by a band that have the layering of sounds and textures down to a tee, from every piece of feedback and percussionary click, to every underlying melody. Mesmerising."