TARNGO - Horman

Tarngo - Horman

12 songs
36:12 minutes
***** ***


In retrospect I freely admit that one and a half year ago Tarngo’s seventeen track long debut Enorm challenged my attention faculties. Although the band was new, the two musicians had already quite respectable careers to refer to. Drummer Schneider has been in German noise rock pioneers Les Hommes Qui Wear Espandrillos since 1990, and bassist Scharco’s past in hardcore, electro and pop bands couldn’t be more eclectic.

The duo has learned from the mistakes of the previous album, and while Horman is shorter and contains this time only a dozen pieces, this more restrained approach works wonders for Tarngo. Their drum and bass sound has of course nothing in common with the same named club genre. Instead we get some of the fiercest drumming by Schneider that lays a perfect groundwork for Scharco’s incredible bass lines. Every track comes at least with two layers of bass guitars, one of them doing the basic rhythm works that allows the other to emulate the role that is usually reserved for the guitar.

Schneider’s drumming has the ferocity of unbridled noise rock and builds an amazing counterpart for Scharco’s raw, unpolished and yet undeniably progressive bass playing. It’s no surprise that he has bands like Meshuggah, Mekong Delta and Voivod among his influences.

Tarngo evidently don’t play metal, but there are parallels to the more progressive minded bands of that genre. They describe their sound as bossanova noise, but that’s just another way of saying that what they do cannot be described with mere words. Everyone with a taste for the special, no matter if they are into noise rock, progressive metal, free jazz,…, should try their ears on this short but incredible inferno performed solely on drums and bass.

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