Review by Tammy Lomax for MPM
Who or what is Tetrarch? Well, allow me to divulge. Originally formed in Atlanta in 2007, they are now located in Los Angeles and are heavyweights in the Nu metal-core scene but add their own take on the genre.
Tetrarch is Josh Fore on vocals and guitars, Diamond Rowe on lead guitar, Ryan Lerner on bass and Ruban Limas on drums.
In total, they have released three E.P’s and their second album ‘Unstable’ surfaced on the 30th June 2021 via Napalm Records. They have been working hard throughout the pandemic, perfecting and preparing us all for this brilliant album.
Debut album ‘Freak’ was released in 2017, with production by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Allegeon, Khemmis) and is a meaty effort but it is not a touch on ‘Unstable’, Tetrarch having definitely advanced their sound since then.
In May they released single ‘I’m Not Right’ and it sets the pinnacle of standard throughout the entire album. It also reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Active Rock charts and gained over 1.5 million streams across all platforms.
‘I’m Not Right’ opens the album, there is no denying there is a Linkin Park vibe with Josh Fore’s vocals, his range impressive and the rap is set aside completely from ‘Unstable’, the similarity with Chester Bennington is uncanny. ‘Negative Noise’ bounces, the lyrics are strong and full of angst-ridden emotions, categorically, it’s one of the heaviest tracks in the album.
‘Sick Of You’ opens with an enormous riff, similar to band, Dying Fetus’ ‘Subject To A Beating’ and ‘Take A Look Inside’ taps into some slow deep slamming riffs half-way, throw in some shorts bursts of pig snorts and I am beaming. ‘Trust Me’ closes the album and it’s a big teddy bear compared to the rest of the album, a sentimental delight and ends the album perfectly.
There is no denying that Tetrarch are heavy, their music has such a huge production and everything mixed is just executed perfectly. ‘Unstable’ is littered with catchy choruses that make me feel like I’ve stepped into a time machine and gone backwards 20 years. There are tonnes of melodic sections and layer upon layer throughout the entire album which blend well with the rest of the music, packed to the brim with astonishing talent.
The mass selection of releases is a positive that has come out of this awful pandemic as times are pressing on everyone’s mental health but people are touching and expanding on their creativity, in the most prodigious ways. ‘Unstable’ is definitely an album to check out and definitely a monster release this year.
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