The latest addition to the Tiamat catalogue could be a chronicle of Johan Edlundís mood swinging musical tastes. Rawer and less kitschy than usual, at least a little, Amanethes is laidback and dark but without calculation, ambling along with casual abandon. Characterised by Edlundís mostly gravelly vocals this time around, this latest version of Tiamat wander through several gradations of goth rock, from the sing-able to the black metal-influenced, the doomy, the industrialised and even a plaintive synth-string backed number reminiscent of Opethís Damnation experiment. At times, Tiamat seem to be channelling a mid- to late í90s version of fellow Swedes Cemetary, at others theyíre dipping into Latin guitar or bluesy rock. At 14 tracks, Amanethes feels far too long, like a doped-up jam session gone out of control, and if it wasnít for the late appearance of "Via Dolorosa,Ē one of the recordís more memorable moments, you might as well stop about halfway through. Tiamatís refusal to stay boxed in accounts for a large part of the bandís charm, but this time theyíve carried self-indulgence too far and will inevitably lose some ears along the way. (Nuclear Blast)
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