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Tarot Saints - Metal The Whole Family Can Headbang Too!
The band Tarot Saints has been making quite the impression on China's metal fans since 2008
By Mattie Jalonack
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The band Tarot Saints has been making quite the impression on China's metal fans since 2008. Developing their sound with each new track, this metal whirlwind has been showcasing their talent through vigorous precision playing and taking on heavy themes in their work. Tarot Saints continuously shows themselves to be focused on innovating their sound, and creating a connection between the band and their fans.

While watching their video from the Ocean Midi Festival a viewer gets a sense of their style that lacks the onstage flare of metal (save for a little bit of a light show). They are simply guys in cargo shorts that could as well pass for someone attending the concert than preforming in it. With a few of the "guys" balanced with a leg up on their amps and a bit of hair flipping, they seem unconcerned with their look. No spiked bracelets or combat boots to be found anywhere - utterly approachable and unconcerned.

This look of nonchalance is deceiving though. They're extremely focused on their music and their fans. A fist pumping, hair tossing, metal show, full of intense moments that the crowd really connects with. As the bass player headbangs across the stage, the lead singer makes a break for it and gets into it with the fans for a second. The large crowd of all ages gives them loving devil horns in approval. And in this short moment, you get to see the band's lighter side as their wild fans receive a warm welcome into Tarot Saints' world of melody and metal.

It may be strange to say metal is for the whole family, but the professional and fan photos from Ocean Midi Festival have little girls and boys waving cameras, full of smiles as teens and adults toss long unruly manes to the rhythm of the music. The family that headbangs together stays together it would seem, especially after this video again from the Ocean Midi Music Festival:

When investigating their Douban page, listeners can is treated to songs with strong melodic themes from their various EPs. Even when the roaring metal style vocals come in, there is an emotional clarity that may just blow new listeners away. The music is not weighed down with various computer additions, the sound is clear and strong. The band has spoken of taking on the traditional themes of love and hate, which will add to their first full length album, which they will begin working on this year. The band hopes to move forward with their sound, focusing on "self awareness and transformation."

From the scruffy cargo pants clad guys hanging around industrial sites, to the pictures of a polished group of gentlemen in their most recent promotional pictures (above). The look of Tarot Saints is to say the least, versatile, in aesthetic as well as playing styles.

The band's influences are wide ranging, but if one was looking for specific examples, one might look to the American metal standard, Lamb of God being one of the more prominent. The intense pace mixed with a melodic, driven guitar sound is well cohesive and well met by both bands - both bands could easily fit in a playlist together. Whilst Tarot Saints is not doom metal per-say, a sharp sliver of Napalm Death's strong and ferocious vocals can be mentioned for comparison. But in the end, the sound from Tarot Saints is uniquely their own.

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