Tides of Awakening



by rasputin USER (201 Reviews)
November 27th, 2007 | 20 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A poor attempt at the epic death/doom genre. It pretty much does everything wrong.

As you can see, my foray into the depths of doom metal continues with this review, but unlike my previous reviews I’ve not enjoyed writing this one. This is due to me not enjoying this album, and having to listen to it while I’m writing. Every so often you’ll come across a band which just sits you on your arse, and really amazes you. So you obviously hunger for more of the same, and go looking for similar bands and artists. You then find an album which looks cool, start listening, and simply do not like it. Tides of Awakening is one such album. Tyranny is a Death/Doom band from Finland, and is part of an underground emergence of incredibly brutal but slow doom metal. In order to show why I did not like this album, I will be comparing it to the German/French extreme doom band Worship (the band that sat me on my arse).

First off, this album really pushes the limits of your attention. I admit, Last CD Before Doomsday by Worship did have quite lengthy songs, but still managed to hold my interest. Tides of Awakening did not. I’ll point out the track lengths so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about.

Coalescent Of The Inhumane Awareness: 14:30
Sonorous Howl From Beyond The Stars: 11:42
Upon The War-Torn Shape Of Cold Earth: 17:15
In The Arcane Clasp Of Unwritten Hours: 15:27
Entraties To Primaeval Chaos: 7:44 (this isn’t even a song, it’s an outro)

Now, to direct my criticism into something most metalheads will understand, I’ll refer to Morningrise by Opeth. That album only had 5 very lengthy songs, yet it still managed to maintain my interest throughout its 60+ minute length. The same with Worship’s Last Cd Before Doomsday. This is because the albums, especially Morningrise, had at least some sort of variation in the songs. Tides of Awakening does not. Each song sounds the same at the end as it does at the beginning. Not only that, it’s almost impossible to distinguish between the songs because they all sound so similar.

So yes, the songs all sound the same. But what do they sound like" I will tell you right away that the crunchy guitars that doom metal is so fond of are not here. That’s one reason why I enjoyed Last CD Before Doomsday; the guitars sounded somewhat heavy, and they were punctuated with Max Varnier’s incredible vocals. The guitars on Tides of Awakening don’t have that mind-blowing thud to them, they just blur in with the atmospheric and synthesized noises that are behind every track, and the vocals are the final ingredient in this repetitive and monotonous mixture. The one thing I enjoyed was the track ‘Coalescent Of The Inhumane Awareness’ had an eerie guitar playing over everything else that sounded reasonably good. There wasn’t anything else that stuck out to me in the album.

Now, I’m not trying to say that the vocalist is actually bad. He has a very deep growl, and I’m sure would sound good if the music behind him didn’t suck so badly. However, there are no variations in the tone of his growl, and there just isn’t any emotion in it at all. Come to think of it, there wasn’t any emotion in the entire album; it’s just a lifeless and overblown attempt at doom metal. In contrast, Max Varnier’s vocals, although being for the most part very deep, did have some variations, and there were different spoken sections and changes in the songs. He also managed to convey a really strong sense of despair with his tortured voice. Tyranny seem to miss the whole point of doom metal with Tides of Awakening, as they’ve overlooked the aim of being sorrowful and emotive. Another important factor which makes Last CD Before Doomsday a better album than this is that there was a definite attempt to separate the vocals from the music, so you could listen to each of them distinctly, rather than having it all blur into a single, layered mess.

And to finish, I’ll talk about the final song, ‘Entraties To Primaeval Chaos’. Not that it’s a song; it’s an ‘atmospheric’ outro. In other words, it’s a waste of almost 8 minutes of your life. Whilst trying to sound epic, Tyranny have made an incredibly long outro of the sounds of a storm, and the sounds of what I think to be water crashing onto rocks/ship/beach, I really don’t know. There also is someone groaning and growling with the wind, which did sound pretty cool. On the first listen, the outro sounds reasonable, but being almost 8 minutes long, and not even being a real song, it’s a waste of time after the first listen.

Overall, a poor album. I didn’t enjoy it one bit, and hopefully I’ve made clear the reasons why. If you want a good death/doom album, I’d definitely recommend Worship’s Last CD Before Doomsday over this.

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November 27th 2007


I basically just pulled this review out of my arse in the past 30 minutes or so. Hope you like it This Message Edited On 11.27.07

November 27th 2007


Same for most of mine pretty much. Think in my head and just scribble down on word then type it. I've been meaning to review Therion's Vovin but is gonna take a while. As for the review, good. For the cd, the atmosphere is awesome but the vocals are a bit of a grower. You should check out Shape Of Despair for some funeral doom.

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November 27th 2007


Is it just me or are Swedish bands infinitely better than Finnish ones? The two countries are right next to each other, but Sweden has bands like Opeth, Meshuggah, In Flames, Tiamat, Therion and Refused, while Finland seems to have five bad bands for every good one.

November 27th 2007


As great as Therion and Skyfire is, look at the Finnish scene that continues to get stronger as the Swedish scene diminishes with acts like Blinded Colony and Sonic Syndicate. Insomnium,Kalmah,Sinergy,Swallow The Sun,Ensiferum, Sonata Arctica,Amorphis, and Norther are all amazing, have their own sound and from FINLAND. Sweden destroyed in the 90's along with Norway, no question. Now theres no one single country that out do's the other. Denmark,Japan,Germany, and even Asia's produucing some sick stuff.This Message Edited On 11.27.07

November 27th 2007


Excellent review Mr.Reznor. There are a few grammatical errors here and there but overall, it was easy to read and flowed very nicely. I never really liked Doom metal too much so I think I will stay away from this one. This Message Edited On 11.27.07

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November 27th 2007


sounds ass

also Sweden has Opeth and Dark Tranquillity.

November 27th 2007


Not a bad review, although I sometimes had the feeling I was reading a Worship review instead of a Tyranny review.
It's nice to draw comparison, but not too much.
I do not agree onn the rating, I really enjoy the album. They've managed to create an eery, uncomfortable experience. the outro isn't bad, but they could have shortened it significantly.
This Message Edited On 11.27.07

November 27th 2007


Yeah, I do realise that I refer back to Worship very often, but I decided it would be the best way to review the album, because it shows the reasons why I didn't like this and why I liked Last CD Before Doomsday. Thanks for thumbs up guys.

November 27th 2007


PS: The_wizard: could you tell me where the errors are so I can correct them?

November 27th 2007


Nice review reznor.

April 16th 2008


Album Rating: 2.5

Just listened to this. Meh. dooooooooooom.

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April 16th 2008


I like doom but this is meh

April 17th 2008


yeah, this is a pretty crappy album.

December 4th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

i actually quite like this album. there's something about the synths that sounds good to me. rest is stock standard though. :]

December 5th 2011


November 27th, 2007


December 5th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

September 2nd 2012


gonna check this one out, the band pic is a cover of a mors principium est album tho, whats up with that?

August 3rd 2015


Album Rating: 5.0

Terrible review (no seriously, really awful review). Great album. Funeral doom classic. Stop.

August 14th 2015


posting via telegram is for suckers. stop.

album sucked when I was 18, still sucks.

July 15th 2016


Album Rating: 4.5

Lol this review.

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