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Tyranny : Tides Of Awakening

It didn't take long for this band to become one of the biggest names within its genre: funeral doom. This might have something to do with the fact that while they embody just about everything that is funeral doom, they have also created a branch of their own within it. This is their debut album and I'm pretty sure it will fulfill even the highest expectations from any of their fans.

The cover art depicts some old stone monuments in moonlight. The moon itself is in the shape of a huge, yellow reptilian eye. This and the name of the album, 'Tides of Awakening', shows the primeval connections that the music has. The intensely majestic heaviness that emits from the speakers, and the beast-like growls that accompanies it proves this theory. In fact the growls have so many layers of effects added to them that they don't resemble anything remotely human. However this doesn't have the kind of intensity that would be associated with monsters like Godzilla. It constantly grows ever stronger, like a prehistoric god emerging...

The drums sound almost tribal at times, and keeps the pace of the music to a minimum. The guitars keep the same speed and minimalistically create an effect to the music instead of a melody. This way you don't need to actively listen to the music for it to take your breath away. It just sucks you in.

It's probably obvious from the text that I really liked this CD. But setting that aside, I'd like to go even further. This is something that is close to being essential for any funeral doom fan's collection. This is because, as I said earlier, it has everything that is typical for funeral doom. Furthermore it also seems to have had an increasing influence on many bands in the scene. Even if I hadn't liked it, I still wouldn't be surprised if this was to become a classic.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
I. Coalescent of the Inhumane Awareness
II. Sonorous Howl from Beyond the Stars
III. Upon the War-Torn Shape of Cold Earth
IV. In the Arcane Clasp of Unwritten Hours
V. Entreaties to the Primaeval Chaos

Duration : Approx. 61 minutes.

Visit the Tyranny bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Forever Autumn
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