TIAMAT - The Astral Sleep LP (Black Vinyl)
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TIAMAT - The Astral Sleep LP (Black Vinyl)

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Something about Tiamat's combination of Sumerian mythological content, crushing grooving riffs, and beautiful harmonies strikes a real chord with me, and given that I'm not too familiar with 'Sumerian Cry', this is my favourite work of theirs, for the time being. I love it when "simple" melodies and musical structures have a special character to them which somehow invokes a deeper meaning when the composition is presented as a whole, and this is a fine example of that phenomenon. I for one am firmly against the underrating of such musical forms. Not only is this album a magical combination of simple elements which adds up to more than the sum of its parts (I hate that expression!), it is quite an original piece, as no one can rightfully pin down its style or even maybe its influences. No one can call it doom metal, or death metal, or give it any kind of little sub-generic label. It can only be called metal, and metal is not a style but a way of life and a way of thinking. It's too bad about Tiamat's more recent obsession with "psychedelic" and "accessible" forms of metal/rock, since this is as psychedelic and atmospheric as it needs to be while still maintaining an aggressive energy which always initiates muscle impulses of the head and limbs!