Tarmak is a post-rock / post-metal trio. Since 2014, they have secretly been working on their music in their headquarters in Ghent (Belgium). Now, in May 2020, they're finally coming out of their caves, ready to gently start melting your faces off with their debut record 'PLOW'.
Their core drive has always been to find their own unique melange of heaviness, eeriness and atmosphere. Their never-ending search is driven by influences from (among others) Tool, Opeth, Russian Circles & Cult of Luna.
Storytelling is ultimately at the heart of what they do, kind of like a good old piece of literature. A Tarmak song is made up of chapters that build on each other, brief references to earlier events, and a main theme that gradually gets twisted inside out by cliffhangers and plot twists. A sense of recurring threat runs throughout the entire journey.
- DaMusic - A fine debut, this 'PLOW', and a band to keep an eye out for. Hopefully we can spot them on the big Dunk!festival stage next year. Exactly a year after this release, it would be nice.
- Echoes and Dust - As a dynamic trio I can’t help but think of Russian Circles. Tarmak may take some cues from the Illinois three-piece (see the opening and most intense moments of ‘Pentanque’), but there seems to be a lot more space overall in the four tracks on Plow, especially on the lengthier tracks ‘Krater’ and ‘Krampus’. With some riffs that crunch like Helmet or Melvins but which then drift, distractedly, into semi-psyche pastures before pulling themselves together again to fit into a sound reminiscent of the more contemporary Pelican output, Tarmak traverse a lot of ground indeed, but all through inter-related textures and sounds that quite easily and obviously complement one another. Nothing is too jarring, but their compositions are clearly extremely well thought out and intent on challenging the listener.
- Zware metalen - PLOW overtreft mijn verwachtingen moeiteloos. Tarmak mag extreem trots zijn op PLOW. De vier nummers bieden een bikkelhard fundament om ver buiten Gent te treden en kan best als volwaardig debuutalbum doorgaan. PLOW is een sludgy math-rockmenhir, je zou er een huis op kunnen bouwen. Of om het anders te zeggen, mijn mediaspeler schakelt van Tarmak naar Torche, maar ik spoel steeds terug. Ik vind Tarmak beter.