It would be ridiculous to do so, but I could really put up this whole album for long song week, since the five tracks range between 11 and 18 minutes each. It's an excellent album - I reviewed it before, but removed the review when I couldn't find any way to put up one of those huge songs. Well, I worry no longer, and I'm giving you my favorite Tarentel song. "Ursa Minor, Ursa Major" is its name, and I think it epitomizes the "old Tarentel" sound. Really, the entire record does, but this one more than its brothers and sisters.
All the tracks are long, instrumental, well played and planned-out. They have a structure to them, a little more than a simple "grow and fade" - but not that much more. The music is relatively simple technically but extremely good, like they tapped into a secret vein of goodness and poured a little into each song. They're a hard band to describe (especially since their more recent offerings, which frankly baffle and sometimes frighten me) so I'll let the music do the talking. Really, though, you should be getting the whole album. You can get it for 12 bucks at their (excellent) label's site, Temporary Residence, and it's worth it. They also have samples from Tarentel's other albums... so what are you waiting for?!