|Promoted as the "latest project of former Malevolent Creation and Leviathan guitarist Jeff Juszkiewicz", Tualatin is fortunately more than just the sum of the sound of the two aforementioned bands (otherwise it wouldn't have been featured on this site). |
The first thing that draws the attention of the listener is the very well-produced, bass-heavy sound of this recording. The band use SUNN amps, so the initiated know what to expect: a crushing, monolithic guitar (and bass) sound. Jeff's aggressive, Dorrianesque vocals add even more 'balls' to the compositions. The drums are effective, but stay carefully in the background during the three songs on this demo. No improvised 8-minute drum solo's here like in the heroic opening section of the Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine's album.
The tempo of the compositions is generally far from low, allowing for the grooves to unfold their hypnotic powers. The repetitive, hypnotizing guitar riffs reminded me a lot of High on Fire. Unfortunately, the short duration of this promo is somewhat of a downside. Although I would generally encourage bands to record shorter demo's which enables them to work more on the individual compositions, in this case I'm left hungry for more when the cd is over, since the carefully built up mesmerizing atmosphere is broken up too brusquely. But then again, isn't the idea of a good promo to make the listener hungry for more? So no use complaining about this.
For those who want to get hold of this promising demo, visit the band site at
1. Simple Minded
Duration : Approx. 14 minutes.
Visit the Tualatin bandpage.