“Based On Evil” is the debut album of the Scandinavian Thrash Metal band Tantara, with headquarters in Norway. The album has songs from the EP “Human Mutation”, which the band released independently in 2010.
The album was scheduled to be released on March 23rd 2012. Since the old record label got some problems, and some problems occurred between the band and the label, the band decided to move on by leaving the label and signed a new contract with Indie Recordings, which had a much better offer than the old one.
The plans for the album started right after the band had released their EP, where the band contacted several names who had worked and knew the genre well. One of these names was the legendary sound engineer and producer Flemming Rasmussen, and he was one of the first to answer back to the band. The band chose Flemming because of his background with big names like Rainbow, Metallica, Blind Guardian, Morbid Angel, etc., including that he had a good offer and knew how the production of the music should sound.
The album was recorded during four weeks in July 2011, in ARK Recording Studios and Sweet Silence Mix Suite, both in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“Based On Evil” has fast riffs, aggressive vocal and drum performances, melodic and virtuosic solos, and the band do also have some progressive elements in the songs as well. Although the songs are longer than what people are used to in the genre, the band still makes the listener interested during the whole album.
Apart from the music, a lot of the originality is in the lyrics. “Based On Evil” is a concept album where the lyrics are critical of society. The lyrics can be linked to events that are happening now, and have happened in the past. Still, the lyrics are open, so it’s up to the listeners to interpret how they want.
With “Based On Evil”, Tantara shows the world that there are still lots of undone things in the genre, and like Flemming said himself in an interview:
“It’s gonna be great. It’s an old school Thrash album, with everything played as it should be. No sampling and editing but almost live.”