Tiamat – Wildhoney

   1994 Century Media

The best testimony to the greatness of this album is the fact that people I know who aren’t fans of heavy music (much less heavy, dark metal) liked this disc.  It is by all means heavy and dark, but the classical elements and orchestration are absolutely breathtaking, this being the first recording I ever heard that I felt paid tribute the symphonic elements of Celtic Frost’s monumental ‘Into the Pandemonium’.

The opening title track builds on a symphonic and almost operatic arrangement that melds darkly and strangely with the heavy guitars and abrasive vocals.  ‘Whatever That Hurts’ and ‘Gaia’ are a couple of high points, while “Do You Dream of Me?” and “Planets” bring to light a darkly romantic otherworldliness that permeates every second of music here.

It’s hard to describe, really, Tiamat creating a truly magic atmosphere on this disc which is widely regarded by fans as their very best.   They offered something different from their inception, ‘Wildhoney’ being the culmination of years honing their sound into something heavy beyond the mere heavy distortion of their guitars.

Rating:  4.5 out of 5


3 Responses to “Tiamat – Wildhoney”

  1. It’s the best album of Tiamat. Never listen better.

    • moosejuice Says:

      I agree! I really like their discs since Wildhoney (especially the Eldritchesque vocals), but this one I think is still their masterpiece.

  2. I got into Tiamat with The Astral Sleep and loved it. Clouds was an in improvement…they came Wildhoney. I like that all the songs seem to blend together. They really started a trend in “death metal” by adding the atmospheric Pink Floyd style to their music. Unfortunately to many other bands tried copying it and failed. This album is just massive. I listen to it often and usually more than once each time it spins. I was done with them by the time Cold Seed happened. They just got too boring for me.

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