Band: “Tiamat”

Album: “Amanethes” (2008)

Someone please hit me over the head with a heavy object. Can’t believe I missed a Tiamat release, but found a “limited edition” version to download so I’ll pretend that makes up for it. It doesn’t…but at least, I have something that’s guaranteed to help me recover from Slayer’s World Painted Blood.

johan edlundKicking things off in true Tiamat style is The Temple Of The Crescent Moon, and Johan Edlund is sounding pissed off. Hoarse as I sound after a night of smoking and drinking, takloo Edlund is back with his cronies after five whole years. There are some albums you know are brilliant at first listen, and Amanethes is one of them. Sounding a good bit like all their previous albums, Tiamat take you on another long journey of fine Gothic rock/metal, always intense but never overbearing.

There’s also a slight change in direction. Not really, but there is a bit of variation. Don’t panic, this album is a great listen for all the fans, especially the older ones. Female vocals in some places, complete songs, beautiful guitar solos and the genius Johan Edlund behind it all and leading it all.

Raining Dead Angels is pure evil, Misantropolis takes you back to A Deeper Kind Of Slumber, and Amanitis is a superb instrumental. The high point of Amanethes for me is Meliae, which is on the level of Teonanacatl and Atlantis As A Lover, and is going to be on your playlist for a long time.

The songs that follow are all excellent and it doesn’t make sense for me to go into unnecessary details if you understand the essence of Tiamat. If you don’t, well, someone should hit you over the head with a heavy object.


Amenethes is another satisfying offering of psychedelic Gothic rock/metal from Tiamat you can sit back and listen to with a mug of chai on any Sunday morning.

RATING: 3.5/5


8 Responses to “MUSIC REVIEW: Amanethes”

  1. 1 Devdutt
    November 2, 2009 at 05:09

    Never kept up with Tiamat after you-know-which-albums. I did follow up with a couple after Wildhoney, I suppose…but can’t seem to recollect anything from them. Will give this a shot.


  2. November 2, 2009 at 05:38

    I’ll never get over “A Deeper Kind Of Slumber”, it sedates me every time.


    • September 20, 2014 at 19:04

      Slumber is dope packed in shimmery essence of dope..
      Can never get over it.
      When all the focus went to Wildhoney, A Deeper Kind Of Slumber was the perfect album to carry the awesomeness. The only problem (like ‘old/Stuck with Wildhoney’ fans would like to call it) was that they changed their direction, their style and Tiamat was spittng Floydish venom all over. A Classic.
      Amanethes was however called ‘Comeback album of Tiamat, which is very unfair and rude. Tiamat never faded or whatever the word is. According to me they are among those very few bands who do not/have never cared about genre. It takes guts to do that. True musicians. While Amanethes was heavier than last 2-3 albums, the not so heavy ones were brilliant albums. Prey just blew my mind. After Judas Christ and Skeleton Skeletron i was expecting more Goth Rock from them, but thats the thing with them, you can never expect something coz they are always going to be unpredictable, Like something Johan said on The Church Of Tiamat DVD, “We are not here to please anyone. If you are expecting a certain kind of music from us, we are going to be completely different. Thats our USP.”

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