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Tantric: The Sum Of All Things

Post-grunge survivors Tantric -- a band that released its debut album in 2001 and has been through too many lineups to mention -- returned in 2021 with album number eight. Aggressive yet accessible, The Sum Of All Things is the first release in the band's new partnership with Cleopatra Records.

Baritone vocalist Hugo Ferreira, the only original member remaining, delivers his lyrics in a deeper and gruffer tone than he used to, which reinforces Tantric’s muscular brand of alt-rock/metal. “Can’t Find This” is a piano ballad that sounds immediately familiar, while heavy hitters like “Living Here Without You,” “Alone” and “Twisting and Turning” demonstrate how the band appears to have recaptured the passion that propelled its early releases.

Elsewhere, “The Words to Say” is an unlikely love song that’s one of the album’s catchiest tracks, and it clashes with the thudding “Compound” that follows. In fact, the final one-third of The Sum Of All Things doesn’t live up to the first two-thirds. The bonus tracks -- 2021 re-recordings of the band’s two biggest hits, “Breakdown” and “Down and Out," both of which sound more potent than the originals -- however, give a nod to the past while looking expectantly to the future.

Track Listing:
1. Alone
2. Walk That Way
3. Twisting and Turning
4. Can’t Find This
5. Living Here Without You
6. Take Me I’m Broken
7. The Words To Say
8. Compound
9. Pushover
10. Ten Years
11. The Sum Of All Things
12. Breakdown (2021 Version Bonus Track)
13. Down and Out (2021 Version Bonus Track)

Added: January 2nd 2022
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Tantric on Facebook
Hits: 393
Language: english

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