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This Tangled Web : I stab at thee

'I stab at thee', being This Tangled Web's first full-length release, seems to find the band all over the map in styles. Some of these, such as the melodic death, and especially doom and gothic parts are great. However, the straight death metal parts are not so good. Thankfully, there are many doom/death moments on this album.

The disc, unfortunately, starts off with two, mostly forgettable tracks. The only time 'Ashen' and 'Master' really caught my attention, was when the band would slow down, and the vocals would switch to a deep grunt. The clean vocals now and again, are also a nice touch, and certainly help bring out the doomy moments, while adding a slight gothic feel to the music. However, it is not until third track, 'Exploits' that This Tangled Web really begin to shine. Wonderful death/doom starts the song off, and really catches the listener's attention. If the album was in the style of this song, it would certainly be much more enjoyable, as this is what This Tangled Web excels at: slow, mournful death/doom.

'Recycle', and 'Funeral', are the tracks which close this disc. They also appeared on the band's mCD, 'Nothing to Hold You Here'. I do not know if these are the same versions, or if they've been re-recorded, as I have not heard the mCD. As the sound does seem to differ on them, though, I would assume they are the same... and once again, it's the death/doom in these tracks which really shines.

Overall, I really wish This Tangled Web would decide on one style (perferably, death/doom, of course) and stick with it. If they wrote an album which concentrated on the death/doom they are really good at, then I would certainly be a fan. As it is, this disc is still a worthy release, but it could've been so much better.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Ashen
2. Master
3. Exploits
4. Count for Naught
5. Recycle
6. No Funeral

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
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