There is a renaissance happening within the universe of extreme music. An important driver in the continued proliferation of the culture is an emerging generation of musicians that understand the importance of paying homage to their predecessors while pushing the art forward.
Such is the dynamic of Central Florida prospects, Tactosa. In their short two-year run thus far, the band has distilled an especially potent blend of early 2000's deathcore in a way that feels more refreshed than rehashed, all in the same stroke. Sourcing stylistic elements that rope in obvious influences rooted in hardcore and death metal, the final product is a firebomb of metallic angst from a collective that is just scratching the surface of their potential.
On the band's debut EP, Exit Wounds, Tactosa showcase their grasp of MySpace-era heft, tipping their hat to trailblazers like Suicide Silence. The 5-track blitz is pure brute strength in the form of pummeling percussion, meaty riffs and the vocal spew of Kyle Weeden.
The lead-off track in "Dead Pacifist" serves well in showcasing the full range band. From the frenetic pace, to the unhinged hostility, the cut flexes the band's ability to assert power with precision for a controlled chaos that taps into the old school without repeating it.
Frontman Kyle Weeden details the message between the lines of the first single.
"Dead Pacifist is about those people overly committed to their moral ideology, to the point of self destruction. Specifically a commitment to non violence even to defend themselves from harm. Coming to the realization that if they were to kill to defend themselves, they would lose their entire sense of identity, and in that way still face a spiritual death. Sort of a lose-lose for someone with such strict morals."
Weeden added some context regarding the music video and the importance of aesthetic. "For the music video, we love classic death metal videos of blood and gore and knew it would be a great way to metaphorically show the self inflicted harm people's ideologies can have. The EP as a whole is really about self reflection, so I thought it was important to show them looking in the mirror and seeing the effects of their actions."
Exit Wounds from Tactosa is currently available - HERE. Stream the Knotfest premiere of "Dead Pacifist" below. The band will be included on the New Age of Terror tour featuring The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Vomit Forth, CELL and Mugshot on select dates. All of Tatosa's confirmed dates can be found below.
with The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Vomit Forth and Mugshot
04/12 Birmingham, AL – LCY Media
04/13 Atlanta, GA – 529 Bar
04/14 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
04/15 Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
04/16 Chesapeake, VA – Riffhouse
with The Last Ten Seconds of Life and Mugshot
04/17 Columbus, OH – Donato’s Basement
04/18 Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedraft’s Brewery