Rating:
9.2
Tiamat - A Deeper Kind Of Slumber
1997


01. Cold Seed
02. Teonanacatl
03. Trillion Zillion Centipedes
04. The Desolate One
05. Atlantis As A Lover
06. Alteration X 10
07. Four Leary Biscuits
08. Only In My Tears It Lasts
09. The Whores Of Babylon
10. Kite
11. Phantasma De Luxe
12. Mount Marilyn
13. A Deeper Kind Of Slumber


The sound pathways that Tiamat chose to walk with "A Deeper Kind of Slumber" is a beautiful marriage of gothic and psychedelic rock influences. Keeping the emotional charge and a bit of the sound of gothic rock (even on the cover of the album Johan Edlund reminds of the well-known picture of Rozz Williams, former of the legendary death rock band Christian Death, holding withering flowers) enriching it with many psychedelic rock influences and ideas Tiamat create a dreamy atmospheric album. Deeply emotional and utterly filled with inspiration, "A Deeper Kind Of Slumber" won't let you down but for sure will accompany you through many sleepless nights with its serene esoteric atmosphere.

"A Deeper Kind of Slumber" opens in an appropriate with "Cold Seed", a calm composition with heavier/groovier moments when we reach the refrain, to slowly reach the utterly emotional "Teonanacatl". Beautiful-sounding guitar chords accompanying Edlund's serene descriptive voice can easily make you cry with its heart-rending melodies; "if you begin to fall please have some more, you could stay at my place if you want, I'll sleep on the floor". The album continues with "Trillion Zillion Centipedes" which is somehow a continuation of the previous composition with some effects and guitar chords accompanying Edlund's whispering recites.

The album flows with "The Desolate", a trip-hop influenced composition moving in low-tempo paths to slowly reach "Atlantis as a Lover" continuing the album in slow psychedelic rock experimentations making you lose yourself in the calmness of the serene soundscapes this composition evokes. The journey in an endless sea of emotions goes on with "Alteration X 10". Johan's tranquil voice echos in the room evoking melancholic visions as the mourning guitar chords and the inspired riffing accompany him. An instrumental composition, "Four Leary Biscuits", follows moving in interesting oriental rhythms to let the album continue with "Only In My Tears It Lasts", a trip-hop influenced song with psychedelic rock paintings through its whole duration and Edlund's calm voice.

And the album goes on with "The Whores of Babylon", another experimental composition based on some synth-born melodies and electro effects to reach "Kite", an utterly tranquil violin-based song that makes you dream with its bittersweet sound to calmly lead to "Phantasma De Luxe", a beautiful-sounding dreamy composition based for one more time on some effects pacing with the whole tranquil atmosphere, sweet-sounding guitar chords and Morpheus' sweet lullaby, Edlund's voice. "Mount Marilyn" continues the album in the same tranquil mood and the guitar chords in combination with Edlund's voice are enough to make you dream, make you fall in a sweet reverie as the Pink Floydish ideas float in the air for about ten minutes that seem like an ocean of memories to reach, as you slowly fall asleep in the arms of an angel, "A Deeper Kind Of Slumber" to reach forgotten memories, fading dreams, crystal tears that paced with the ocean as the calm guitar chords accompany the dreamy interpretation of Edlund that slowly makes you fall in the friendly waters of an ocean of lovely dreams and make you want to stay there… Forever…

If you like esoteric albums straight from a human fragile heart and you love traveling into the dreamy paths of the soul then you shouldn't miss "A Deeper Kind Of Slumber". The title says it all, you will fall into "a deeper kind of slumber" where dreams will overrun you seeming more vivid than ever. Open the gateway to your dreams…


Band profile: Tiamat
Album: A Deeper Kind Of Slumber


 



Written on 26.09.2004 by
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Uirapuru - 21.12.2009 at 13:57  
Another Tiamat masterpiece. Great album. The trip-hop compositions did not please me as much as the psyche-rock tracks. ''The Desolate One'' is quite boring compared to the rest, and even ''Teonanacatl'' was kinda dissapointing.

But the rest of the album is just wonderful, an album that really fits his title.

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The title says it all, you will fall into "a deeper kind of slumber" where dreams will overrun you seeming more vivid than ever. Open the gateway to your dreams…


That was pretty cool.
THE_BLACK_GOD - 17.01.2010 at 10:16  
"... guitar chords in combination with Edlund's voice are enough to make you dream, make you fall in a sweet reverie as the Pink Floydish ideas float in the air for about ten minutes that seem like an ocean of memories to reach, as you slowly fall asleep in the arms of an angel ..."

really nice review I enjoyed it as I enjoyed the album. this is one of the best Gothic Metal albums ever.
strade - 27.01.2013 at 03:46  
Words cannot describe how much this album moves me. Escapism at its zenith.
Daniell - 28.01.2013 at 15:04  
This album beats any other Tiamat album by a mile. Or ten miles for that matter.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.01.2013 at 15:26  
Written by Daniell on 28.01.2013 at 15:04

This album beats any other Tiamat album by a mile. Or ten miles for that matter.


Nope All first four are vastly superior to this one And especially the utterly brilliant The Astral Sleep
Daniell - 28.01.2013 at 18:15  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.01.2013 at 15:26

Written by Daniell on 28.01.2013 at 15:04

This album beats any other Tiamat album by a mile. Or ten miles for that matter.


Nope All first four are vastly superior to this one And especially the utterly brilliant The Astral Sleep


And the utterly crappy Sumerian Cry?

Somehow I was sure you'd be the one to question my choice
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.01.2013 at 18:50  
Written by Daniell on 28.01.2013 at 18:15

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.01.2013 at 15:26

Written by Daniell on 28.01.2013 at 15:04

This album beats any other Tiamat album by a mile. Or ten miles for that matter.


Nope All first four are vastly superior to this one And especially the utterly brilliant The Astral Sleep


And the utterly crappy Sumerian Cry?

Somehow I was sure you'd be the one to question my choice


Sumerian Cry is a great Swedish death metal album. And a clear continuation of the Treblinka sound and songs. So, you can't go wrong there
What also makes it great is the quintessential Sunlight Studios sound to it. If I am not mistaken this was the actual first album ever recorded at Sunlight Studios

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