Review: Tiamat – Amanthes [2008]

amazon-tiamatSwedish experimental metal troupe Tiamat return with another batch of atmospheric gloom with AMANTHES. This stalwart group’s latest 14-track affair renders a multi-faceted attack, exposing both this act’s heavy and melancholic aspects. Songs like “Raining Dead Angels” take the sinister rhythm meets Goth monster vocal route while “Summertime is Gone” demonstrates a more fragile and icy metallic approach with decisively somber Swedish metal leanings. After a five-year absence, Tiamat’s return to the metal realm is laden with hints of the band’s early sound ensconced in luxurious ambience (“Meliae”), rendering a finely tuned and welcomed comeback. -Mike SOS

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