|Review: Tiamat - Amanethes|
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2008
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: June 12, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)
I discovered Tiamat years ago, when I first got into metal. Actually, it's through Ayreon's Dream Sequencer. I thought that Johan Edlund had an amazing voice, and I still think he's one of the greatest vocalists in the underground scene.
I was surprised to get this promo from an artist signed with Nuclear Blast, since I don't receive anything from the more mainstream/commercially oriented type of labels, thanks Satan! In one word, I can say that Amanethes is a superb album, from cover art and booklet design to the musical content. Johan's voice is as somber and mysterious as ever, while keeping a nice melodic touch in the softer spots. Amanethes is the darkest post Black Metal era work I've heard from Tiamat. It's heavy, punchy, twisted, intense, deep and very well recorded. Some places contain catchy hooks and smoother moments. "Amanitis" and "Meliac" are more leaning toward the acoustic side, something I can easily take. "Until the Hellhounds Sleep Again" with "Will They Come" are simply great pieces of darkness. Both combine lots of atmosphere, great vocal performances and clean guitar. The production is beefed up with loud and strong bass and drum parts.
This is not a typical wimpy gothic album, since Johan Edlund is no Emo kid, but a rather intelligent, highly artistic, creepy looking and shadowy creator, living in the twilight zone. Amanethes is enjoyable from track 1 to 15!
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