Nu-core juggernaut TALLAH recently revealed their second single, “We, the Sad,” from their upcoming, highly anticipated debut album, Matriphagy, that’s due out October 2nd from Earache Records. Today, the band has followed that up with a vocal performance video from singer Justin Bonitz that can be viewed below.
Commenting on the vocal video, Bonitz says, “I self-recorded the vocals for the songs on the EP: "We, The Sad," "Cottonmouth," "Red Light," "Kungan," and "Placenta." I recorded them at home in my personal studio, and two years later, Josh Schroeder mixed those same stems when he was engineering Matriphagy. There were one or two other versions of “We, The Sad,” which did not make the cut for me or Max. The lyrical content of the song was always the same (oppression by suppression), but the delivery of the verses was more "drunken rambling" than melodic. I had a totally dissimilar chorus originally, and the breakdown had a differing rhythmic feel—vocally. I am quick when it comes to writing, so the entire vocal/lyrical process of the song only took a few hours to write, record, re-write, record, and then that was that!
When we settled for the version on the EP, we just knew "This is the one." Everything felt right. When I recorded the vocals, my voice was actually very strained and hoarse from having spent two weeks recording the vocals for a solo project, doing a three-hour live stream where I performed three solo albums back-to-back, and from recording the demo vocals for Kungan and Placenta—all during the dry/cold winter. By the time I got to We, The Sad, my voice was quite fatigued, so I was doing unconventional screaming techniques—which I can replicate safely, but would never actually authentically do on tour. Max loved the vocals I tracked so much, we ended up using them for the EP, and then those same stems were used two years later for the Matriphagy version of the song. It felt weird to me... knowing the vocals everybody was falling in love with were recorded when my voice was basically trashed, but sometimes it be like that :P”
TALLAH’s tempestuous new track follows their previous single, “The Silo,” that was described by Loudwire as “overtly brooding” and “nearly five minutes of mounting tension that offers no reprieve,” while Guitar World says it offers “strong Slipknot vibes.” Watch the video for “The Silo” here:
Best described as ‘nu-core’, a genre painted with throwback elements to 2000s-era nu-metal but with a more modern, hardcore energy, Tallah shares a passion for playing intense, angry, loud, and heavy music.
Relying on the spirit of innovative metal realised through panicked guitar screams treated with industrial elements and distortion, Tallah’s screaming vocals mix with melodic choruses and driving bass guitar with deep and dirty tones, syncing up effortlessly with the thunderous bellow of drums and the screeching ping of the snare. With a ferociously energetic and depraved live performance that saw Justin Bonitz arrested in 2019, Tallah are about to make a bold statement of intent with their forthcoming antics, starting now.
Justin Bonitz - Vocals
Max Portnoy - Drums
Derrick Schneider - Guitar
Andrew Cooper - Bass