Tiamat - _Skeleton Skeletron_
(Century Media, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (
I was a little skeptical as to where Tiamat would take their ethereal-like metal attack after the bizarre, yet somewhat stunning _A Deeper Kind of Slumber_ (1997), but after just a few listens, my concerns were put to rest. This is the strongest Tiamat to date, I believe, a beehive of activity as the band paints brilliant canvases of dream-like sequences that shine like a rising sun. With a mediocre cover of the Stones' classic "Sympathy For the Devil" planted in for simplicity, it's the drive of numbers like "Dust in Our Fare", "As Long as You Are Mine" and the cool Sisters of Mercy-like strike "Brighter Than the Sun" that truly make this album. I'm shocked at the depth and passion that riddles this latest release. Tiamat have sharpened their attack and opened a lot more doors with _Skeleton Skeletron_. Worth investigating, metal fans.
(article published 12/9/1999)
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