Tetrarch – Addictively Unstable
Guitar World|June 2021
Tetrarch’s Diamond rowe and Josh Fore are more than willing to take you back to the golden era of Nu-metal
By Adam Kovac

They say that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. But what if the history in question was awesome? It was just a quarter-century ago that angsty 20-somethings in tracksuits, creatively dyed hair, and enough eyebrow piercings to install a zipper onto ruled not just the rock charts, but the pop charts. Korn’s Jonathan Davis was on MTV’s Total Request Live. Staind albums sold millions of copies. Things were so crazy that even a band like Trapt could be taken seriously. For what might’ve been the last time, heavy metal ruled the airwaves.

And then, just as quickly as they came into the spotlight, the nu-metal bands were out in the cold. A select few, like Linkin Park and Slipknot, adapted. Others, too numerous to time, became punchlines.

But movements, from bell-bottom jeans to disco to even the fluorescent nightmare that was the Eighties, have a way of coming back. Tetrarch remembers those heady days of angsty metal climbing the charts all too well.

“When we were growing up, our favorite bands were from that era. The Disturbeds and Linkin Parks and Slipknots and Korns were bands that could be very heavy but also very melodically driven. Their fans could sing along with the songs but still be in the pits. That resonates with me a lot,” says lead guitarist Diamond Rowe. “We’re never going to be the heaviest band in the room. We’re never going to be the softest band in the room. But we want to write songs that connect with people, that are heavy and you can bang your head to it but you can also sing along to it and you can relate to it.”

Armed with some ESP guitars and Unstable, their brand-new second album, the Atlanta-bred foursome are doing their part to bring the hallmarks of nu-metal — chunky, drop-D verses, lead guitar lines doused in a heavy layer of effects, choruses so sharply catchy you could cut your life into pieces on the — back to the forefront of rock.

If the world is ready for that once familiar sound to get invented, you have to give credit to Rowe and her co-guitarist/lead singer Josh Fore for being ahead of the curve. Tetrarch has been at this for a while — the band has been together since high school and put out their first EP way back in 2013. For almost a decade, they’ve been building up their songwriting chops, working on their live shows, and building a fanbase through the tried-and-true method of non-stop touring.

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