Friday, January 2, 2009

Tiamat - A Deeper Kind of Slumber

Band: Tiamat
Album: A Deeper Kind of Slumber
Genre: Gothic Metal/Atmospheric Rock
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 1997

Track Listing:
  1. Cold Seed
  2. Teonanacatl
  3. Trillion Zillion Centipedes
  4. The Desolate One
  5. Atlantis As A Lover
  6. Alteration X 10
  7. Four Leary Biscuits
  8. Only In My Tears It Lasts
  9. The Whores Of Babylon
  10. Kite
  11. Phantasma De Luxe
  12. Mount Marilyn
  13. A Deeper Kind Of Slumber
My second favorite Tiamat album after it's predecessor, Wildhoney, and another favorite album of mine, A Deeper Kind of Slumber is an entirely different step, yet a logical continuation from Wildhoney. The album is incredibly varied yet maintains an all around cohesive set of emotions that draws it together perfectly. It bounces between Metal and more Rockish songs like catchy opener "Cold Seed". The music is overall soothing and thoughtful, with Johan Edlunds vocals (now totally void of growls) maintaining a feeling of both being detatched yet emotional. The soothing sound of lapping waves and gorgeous synths in "Atlantis As A Lover", exploration of drug addiction "Alteration X 10", the psychadelic "Four Leary Biscuits", the gorgeous instrumental "Kite" and the chanting of "The Whores Of Babylon" are examples of what make this album so creative and special. It's not something that can be explained, but has to be experienced.

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