Tallah – Jaxon’s Local Shots Artist of the Month
Emerging from Pennsylvania in 2018 and combining the percussive force of second-generation drummer Max Portnoy with the pure, war-torn fury of vocalist and YouTube sensation Justin Bonitz, nu-core quartet TALLAH are on a mission to revamp and modernize the much-loved sound of popular nu-metal sensations of the early 2000s. Drawing influence from the musical influences of their youth (the likes of Slipknot, Korn and Linkin Park), Tallah fuse the razor-sharp precision of these acts with the raw edges of modern hardcore music displayed by current sensations Code Orange, Vein, Candy and Fire From The Gods.
Having followed Justin’s popular YouTube channel for some time – which boasts perhaps the most popular scream tutorial at approximately 3m views, “How to Scream (10 Different Techniques)” – Max approached Justin to join a new project with guitarist Derrick Scheider and bassist Andrew Cooper, both of whom Max had formed previous relationships with on the Philadelphia music scene. The resulting explosion of chaos, controversy and metal innovation birthed the band’s first EP, ‘No One Should Read This’, which was recorded at Spin Studios (GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD) in 2018. Following its release, Max received the Modern Drummer Award for “Best Up and Coming Drummer 2019” and the band performed at Boomtown Festival in the same year.
Tallah’s forthcoming album Matriphagy expands upon the concept outlined in ‘No One Should Read This’, armed with a disturbingly graphic tale that is to be taken both literally and metaphorically. Set to a pleasurably harrowing backdrop of brutally heavy musicianship, ‘Matriphagy’ is an unapologetic love-letter to chaos, and the sickening twist of the macabre.
Listen to “The Silo”
Listen to “No One Should Read This”
Listen to “We, The Sad”
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