Tiamat
Wildhoney


4.5
superb

Review

by niobium USER (8 Reviews)
August 11th, 2005 | 254 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


When one thinks of death metal, or Scandinavian metal, one doesn't think of Tiamat at all. It seems like they are have been forgotten among the metal community. It's sad, really. Although this is the only Tiamat album I've listened to, this should easily rank them up there among the most well-known and inspiring bands of the 90's. I can safely say this album is hugely underrated. Released in 1994, Wildhoney is a true masterpiece, a flowing melody of harsh vocals and beautiful keyboards. A transistional album, with only ten songs, you will be strangely satisfied with what little it has to offer. At 42 minutes, it's shorter than most transistional albums. You will want to listen to it over and over, without realizing it. It's not enough, but in way, more would be too much.

Back in 1994, critics and fans alike were blown away when they heard this. They couldn't believe the sounds that were created on the bands 4th album. It was the bands commercial breakthrough, but that doesn't take anything away from the sounds contained. They successfully utilized the sound of brooding, harmonious keyboards accompanied with thick guitars and pounding drums. Lyrically, Johan is triumphant, with subject matter varying from love, elitism, and armageddon. He sounds great, he knows when to whisper, and screaming when you want him to. He can instantly and effortlessly go from a growling bellow, to a mournful sing-song voice. He is a marvelous singer and lyricist.

As with most transistional albums, to get the full experience, you would need to listen to the entire album. This is no exception, in fact it's neccessary you do. Although there are six actual songs, the four soundscapes are vital to the albums success. It begins with the title track, which is to insinuate a proper introduction to the first actual song, "Whatever That Hurts". Tiamat has a unique quiet/loud formula, which they demonstrate on in the second track. The song would be terrific without the keyboards, but when added, provide this new layer that showers down on you.

Musically, it's nothing technically amazing. Great music doesn't have to be technical to sound good. What makes Wildhoney stand out from the rest of the pack is its overall sound. It's just a wonderful union of two opposites, light and dark, heavy and light, that formed into something completely amazing. The album wouldn't be the same without Waldemar Sorychta's keyboards. Incidentally, he is the producer of the album. The band knows how to layer each sound properly, without it sounding muddy. Everything sounds clear, like it should be. There are heavy drums, with heavy guitars, with heavy vocals, but the instruments don't interfere with each other. It never clashes. There are guitar solos, but they are used sparingly, in order not to sound above the other instruments. All instruments shine through individually, evenly, cleanly. Together they create this emotional atmosphere, aided by the orchestration.

If you would like to listen to individual songs, that's not a problem, because they are terrific by themselves. More than likely, though, you'll find yourself listening to Wildhoney in its entirety, rather than skipping through tracks. Anyway... my first songs from Wildhoney was Gaia and Do You Dream of Me, respectively. These two tracks are flawless, they seem like ballads, but they differ in a lot of ways. In the latter, Johan has a sing-song voice the entire song, like reading a nursery rhyme. The last line, do you dream of me, is whispered in a bone chilling way. Later in the song there is an out of place breakdown, then reverts back to the original format. Gaia is a much more angry and hurtful song, with Johan painfully singing along to a bridging song. The song is mostly soloed guitar, but it never feels out of place. The album closer, A Pocket Size Sun, is such a sad song, you could almost cry to it. It's the longest song at 8 minutes, but it feels like 5 minutes. Visionaire is a great song, another example of Johan's whispering over a riffing guitar and twilight keyboards. The AR is a wicked song, using chanting vocals in the chorus, with Johan at his harshest vocally. A brooding song.

Recommended tracks
These are all standout tracks. Wildhoney is a completely transitional album, with all of the ten tracks offering different things, all good. Having said that, Gaia and Do You Dream of Me. But there isn't a bad song to be found.

Overall - A beautiful, bittersweet album, that is a landmark in metal. I can't recommend Wildhoney enough. It is a completely triumphant release from an unnoticed talented band. If I could give it to you, I would. It has something to appeal to everyone. You may not like everything it has to offer, but there is always something to like about it. 4.5/5

Wildhoney line-up:
Johan Edlund - Guitar, vocals
Johnny Hagel - Bass
Magnus Sahlgren - Lead guitar
Lars Skold - Drums
Waldemar Sorychta - Keyboards
Birgit Zacher - Additional vocals



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(>dragon~guitarist<)
August 11th 2005


243 Comments


Nice review! I have never heard these guys before but after reading your review I really want to hear some of their stuff you wrote about. I'll dl some of their tracks to hear it for myself.

Dead_Trench
August 11th 2005


159 Comments


Good review. I've been trying to DL a few of their songs for a while with no luck. Do hey by chance have any samples on their site?

rattlehead42147
July 18th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

im going to get my hands on this.

Willie
Moderator
July 18th 2007


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good Review... I don't think of them when I think of Death Metal because they were a crappy death metal band. It wasn't until this album that they started coming into their own, and by this point they really couldn't be considered death metal at all.

Crimson
September 13th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just got this album, thanks to your review and personally, I don't really like it. I love the first two songs ( not counting the useless opener) but after that I don't want to listen to any of the other songs, except 'do you dream of me'.
I can't stand 'Gaia'

Iai
Emeritus
September 13th 2007


3553 Comments


I had this ages ago, and never really liked it. But I listened to some samples on Last.fm after reading a really glowing review of it somewhere and now I'm thinking I should maybe give it a second chance.

Willie
Moderator
September 13th 2007


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm thinking both of you would probably like "A Deeper Kind of Slumber" better. They do lose all the death metal vocals (which were rare on this album anyway), but the music and everything else is so much better.

Altmer
February 26th 2008


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm on my first spin through this. It sounds much like all my current favourite bands (Anathema, Katatonia etc). No surprise this is love as well.

Essence
April 11th 2008


3586 Comments


So, yea, someone needs to write a new review for this album. It is good stuff, and this review does not do it justice, with such amazing word selections as:

[quote=review] A transistional album, with only ten songs,[/quote]
[quote=review]At 42 minutes, it's shorter than most transistional albums[/quote]
[quote=review]As with most transistional albums[/quote]
then...
[quote=review]Wildhoney is a completely transitional album,[/quote]
must have changed his mind...

[quote=review] There are heavy drums, with heavy guitars, with heavy vocals,[/quote]
watch out for the heavy pans, too!

[quote=review]Johan has a sing-song voice[/quote]
what?!


...I was bored. I might do this again.


Willie
Moderator
April 11th 2008


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So, yea, someone needs to write a new review for this album. It is good stuff, and this review does not do it justice
You haven't written one since March 11th... maybe you should do it.... I didn't notice that stuff the first time around, but now that you point it out, this could be done better.

Essence
April 11th 2008


3586 Comments


I know, I am horribly lazy...

Wizard
April 11th 2008


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking funny stuff Jacktiger7x. You win the comedy award around here!

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

TheGreatD17
April 27th 2008


1141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Blah. Confusion. Edited.

Altmer
April 27th 2008


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I embrace this album you fag >

niobium
July 13th 2008


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey Jacktiger7x

give me a break, i was 16

Wizard
July 13th 2008


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahahaha Time for some fixing up then!

Rabio
February 6th 2009


49 Comments


I'm trying to make my music collection a bit smarter, so yeah I'll go with this. Balance out my Mallcore origins... I can't get rid of 'em. :evil:

Essence
February 6th 2009


3586 Comments


No you can't
"balance"
Mallcore origins.

You have to savagely beat the shit out of them with a sword and a knife and anything else that you can possibly think of that's epic, including warhammers and battleaxes, by listening to things like Ensiferum, Cryptopsy, Lost Horizon, Isis, and Converge over and over.

niobium
March 2nd 2009


238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

triple tandem slam dunk

Leviathan8937
January 29th 2011


264 Comments


this is perhaps one of the most underrated metal albums of all time , everything here owns hard , specially a pocket size sun



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