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Tiamat : Wildhoney

This band doesn't need any introduction, I think. Since the early nineties, they have been releasing albums, first under the name Treblinka, which they changed to Tiamat because of the heavy protest they got everywhere. The death/black metal from the early years evolved into death metal with slower parts, and keyboards were introduced. Now this album, 'Wildhoney' is one of those classics in the atmospheric metal genre. The album certainly was a huge transition point in the career of Tiamat too. Whereas the older works were to a certain degree death metal albums, the albums after 'Wildhoney' had less and less to do with metal.

Where many people consider this album one of the best of Tiamat, it contains only a few tracks worth the label 'song' actually. On 10 tracks, there are 4 small intermezzos. But the real songs on there are really worth it. 'Whatever That Hurts', the single that got them famous, 'The Ar' that begins after a perfect crossflow from the previous song and 'Gaia', by many a person considered an absolute favourite.

One thing you should not do with this album is read the lyrics. This is probably the most drug-influenced album in my personal collection, and the lyrics are not to be taken serious. They rather serve to establish a certain mood than to tell a story. And as if that isn't enough yet, singer Johan Edlund proves to suffer from a huge Swedish accent too. His singing is much better than on 'Clouds', yet it will improve further on the next albums.

Fans of 'Floydesque, psychedelic, atmospheric rock/metal should own this album. This is a classic album, great to fit the softer moods on nice summer evenings...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Wildhoney
2. Whatever That Hurts
3. The Ar
4. 25th Floor
5. Gaia
6. Visionaire
7. Kaleidoscope
8. Do You Dream of Me?
9. Planets
10. A Pocket Size Sun

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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