|After their previous, and in my opinion disappointing album 'Skeleton Skeletron', the Swedish band Tiamat have proven that everyone who said that they had run out of musical ideas, was wrong. Going even further away from the metal genre, embracing psychedelic rock and even pop influences more and more, Tiamat takes another step in exploring undisclosed musical areas, surprising friend and enemy with this new album.|
While the previous album could get my attention for only a few songs ('Brighter than the Sun', 'For Her Pleasure', ...), this album has many more things to offer. It is nowhere as heavy as on the albums of the past (except for maybe the first track), but the melodies are very catchy and some dreamy songs really take your attention and let your thoughts drift along. Personal favourites include 'The Return of the Son of Nothing', 'So Much for Suicide' and 'I Am in Love with Myself'.
Although there are significant differences between most of the songs (recognizability is very high), f.i. in tempo (from up tempo to really slow tracks) and melodies, there is a constant atmosphere throughout the entire album, a kind of pace that makes you feel at ease and drags you with it until the final notes are played.
Lyrics-wise, this album is a next step in the continuous improvement that main man Johan Edlund has been showing from album to album. "The truth's for sale for just one kiss. And that's how I like it. And that's how I want it to be." The lyrics were always appropriate to Tiamat's music, but this time they're also readable without forcing you to burst out in silly laughter (I'm thinking of 'Wildhoney').
While the album took me a while to get into, and although I only really got into it after I heard the tracks being played live on their show (on tour with Moonspell), I would recommend this album to all fans of the previous few Tiamat albums. If you didn't like 'A Deeper Kind of Slumber' or 'Wildhoney', you probably won't like this album neither. But if you do like them, this album is one you must check out.
1. The Return of the Son of Nothing
2. So Much for Suicide
3. Vote for Love
4. The Truth for Sale
6. Sumer by Night
7. Love is as Good as Soma
8. Angel Holograms
10. I Am in Love with Myself
11. Heaven of High
12. Too Far Gone
Vote for Love [video]
Duration : Approx. 53 minutes.
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