Tiamat
A Deeper Kind of Slumber


4.5
superb

Review

by JohnnyGetYerKnife USER (19 Reviews)
November 27th, 2009 | 11 replies | 3,551 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Radiohead of (metal)...

It seems that Tiamat are constantly venturing further and further away from their dark metal origins that we once new, and they are now exploring the realms of dark electronica, trance and new-age psychedelic within ambient rock. This 'new sound' doesn't completely abandon the essence of the band's music, it simply makes us even more intrigued at the beautiful melodies. However, Tiamat have become even more experimental in their process of expression, leading to the increased usage of keyboards, electronic percussion and atmosphere. This new formula makes each track a miniature sequence in a journey through an elaborate soundscape.

Apart from the blast of power coming from the album opener Cold Seed and moments within Alteration X 10, it's obvious that all traces of metal are now absent from Tiamat's approach. Instead, the band manage to create vast soundscapes that range from the atmospherically disturbing to the sea's of tranquillity, yet always with a flow of motion that keeps the listener interested. Tiamat, unlike many other band's of today, contain an exceptional gift of mixing ambience in their music, and A Deeper Kind Of Slumber proves this, as it is the base of every song. The whole of the album flows as an inner voyage through otherworldly dimensions where darkness and serenity are one. The artistic sonority of this music reaches levels of spiritual euphoria, even in the darkest and strangest moments.

Johan Edlund's monotonous, hoarse vocals are gone, replaced by a manner of singing which manages to convey the point of each track. His vocals are often cold, whilst sounding alien, which enhances the overall effect of Teonancatl and The Whores Of Babylon. The vocals also provides a strange passionate quality to to the titled track. Beautifully atmospheric keyboards and emotional lead guitars enrich Atlantis As A Lover, Phantasma De Luxe and Only In My Tears It Lasts, whilst barren landscapes make the ten minute epic Mount Marilyn an exotic trip. The instrumental tracks Trillion Zillion Centipedes, Four Leary Biscuits and Kite guide the listener through many different soundscapes, exploring sadness, abstract longing and the spiritual struggle of life.

A Deeper Kind Of Slumber is the soundtrack to dreams. It is, no doubt, the most experimental album of Tiamat's discography so far, whilst representing the band at their peak. This is a masterful display of mood alteration through atmospheric music, and Tiamat’s final statement of essentiality. It is also a departure from metal for Tiamat, a genre that the band had already mixed with their unusual mixture of emotional, mental and spiritual ambience, whilst making it as catchy as f--k.



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hydeyomoney
November 27th 2009



934 Comments


your third paragraph is cool but meh the summary is lol and the lack of diversity in your review ratings make me lol as well. It's a good review, but try something other than a 4 or a 4.5.

Ponton
Emeritus
November 27th 2009



5775 Comments


Good review. A word of advice though, try to wait until your last review slips off the main page so you can be fair to other users ;)

Also, some prefer tracks not to be in bold, but that's really just a preference thing.

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 27th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know, I'm so pissed off that I'm not doing any NEGATIVE reviews, but I can't think of any metal that I hate... wait... DRAGONFORCE, HERE I COME!

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 27th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, man.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 27th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Somebody give me a list of metal that you hate.

hydeyomoney
November 27th 2009



934 Comments


not necessarily metal you hate though, it could be metal worth a 3 or 3.5. Anything but a 4/ 4.5, cuz that just seems unobservant and just fanboyism for teh METULZ and makes me want to not read your reviews.

Heck, it doesn't even HAVE to be metal.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 27th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I originally said that I'd review death metal that nobody had heard of. Bands like Frightmare, Katalepsy etc. I'm straying away.

hydeyomoney
November 27th 2009



934 Comments


that's good, just keep straying from your norm :]

turnip90210
November 27th 2009



298 Comments


good to see yer still reviewing :] try to pick something other than a 4/4.5 indeed.

and, personally, I always detested tiamat :P

XulOnerom
November 27th 2009



1817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a freaking good album. Sadly, Tiamat only made two freaking good albums (this and Wildhoney). The rest are either average doom metal and average gothic rock.

I agree with the Observer on waiting for your last review to come off the front page before posting another one.

I'd suggest not doing a negative Dragonforce review. There are enough negative reviews for them and most people just end up saying the same old things about them we have been hearing for ages. I see you have Slayer's Hell Awaits (a quite respected album, with an average rating of 4) rated as a 3. Why not do a review on that? It should be interesting to see what makes you give an average rating to that one.

Willie
Moderator
November 30th 2009



15781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The whole of the album flows as an inner voyage through otherworldly dimensions where darkness and serenity are one.
This was the point that I had to stop reading. Up until that point was kind of a mess anyway...

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism



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