Am Tuat - Inmotion review



Reviewer:
5.7
Band: Am Tuat
Album: Inmotion
Release date: 2009


01. Oath Of The Sacrificed
02. Desidero Fides
03. Distant Shores
04. Lost
05. Fading Images
06. Ahead Of Sadness
07. A Cry: The Sound Of A Tragedy
08. Perilous Seas
09. Destinies Grace
10. Into Rememberance


Am Tuat plays a style of metal somewhere in between Thrash and Heavy metal, with occasional Traditional Doom-esque parts. Unfortunately for them, they are largely redundant in today's metal world. And they forever will be if it doesn't get better than Inmotion.

Let me say this first: we all remember the day we bought our first guitar and amp, right? One year of saving up your pocket money, with a 'little' help from your dad, going to the music store and buying that sweet cheap-ass strat? If you still recall all that, do you also remember the first riff you played. Or rather, the first attempt at simultaneously hitting the correct string and placing your finger on the right spot on the fretboard? Well, it's not that bad with Am Tuat, but if I would have continued the analogy to the next couple of weeks, it would be a perfectly matching description. Because seriously, these riffs are so incredibly simplistic it's offending. They've done nothing but turning up the distortion and are now happily re-playing the 'my first little Sony' riffs their bigger sister's keyboard spews out. With distortion, of course, because Metuhll rulez all.

In the vocal department it isn't much better, either. Deep standard growls and weak shrieks are mobilized to form the vocal assault, but neither is able to convince. The deep growls are not much above the standard of the fifteen year old who just discovered Behemoth, and for the shrieks the same can be said when replace Behemoth with Darkthrone. Thankfully the shrieks are quite sparse.

There's one redeeming factor though, the Opeth-esque intermezzo's in for example "Desidero Fides". What a surprise! Warm-blooded clean vocals, not unlike those of Mikael Åkerfeldt, are supported by a well-constructed warm-blooded chord scheme, not unlike those often heard in Opeth's songs. If you have it in you to do this, then why the fuck are you playing riffs a two-year old could come up with?! "Distant Shores" contains a similar intermezzo, as well "Lost" which features some hilarious electronic sounds in the background.

Unfortunately for Am Tuat the obvious claim of inexperience is invalid, as they've been active for over a decade. They really need to put some time in their band formula and decide on where they want to go. It's either souping up their riffs (and skills) and becoming quite a decent Thrash/Heavy outfit with cool intermezzo's, or going soft all the way (which is probably where their potential lies), or staying the same, earning a few more of those wonderful 5.7's.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 6
Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Production: 7


 



Written on 23.09.2009 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.


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23.09.2009 - 00:38
The Shape 1973
Shouldn't that be spelt with a W.
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RIP NFFC
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23.09.2009 - 14:27
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Lucas, what's an "electronic guitar"?
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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23.09.2009 - 15:10
Slayer666
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.09.2009 at 14:27

Lucas, what's an "electronic guitar"?

I was wondering that too....

And I just love the conclusion "or they can stay the same and get many more of these wonderfull 5.7's".
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23.09.2009 - 15:14
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by The Shape 1973 on 23.09.2009 at 00:38

Shouldn't that be spelt with a W.


Shouldn't what be spelled with a W?
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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23.09.2009 - 15:22
Slayer666
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.09.2009 at 15:14

Written by The Shape 1973 on 23.09.2009 at 00:38

Shouldn't that be spelt with a W.


Shouldn't what be spelled with a W?

Hahaha, he probably meant that "Am Tuat" should be spelled "Am Twat". Nice logic!
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23.09.2009 - 20:18
Lucas
Mr. Noise
Written by Slayer666 on 23.09.2009 at 15:10

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.09.2009 at 14:27

Lucas, what's an "electronic guitar"?

I was wondering that too....

And I just love the conclusion "or they can stay the same and get many more of these wonderfull 5.7's".


You know, the opposite of an acoustic guitar. But yeah, bad wording, haha.
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SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
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23.09.2009 - 22:03
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Lucas on 23.09.2009 at 20:18



You know, the opposite of an acoustic guitar. But yeah, bad wording, haha.


Ooh you mean ELECTRIC guitar
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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23.09.2009 - 22:05
Lucas
Mr. Noise
Oh fuck yes that is it of course. How could I have read over that TWICE?!
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SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
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23.09.2009 - 22:40
Got Mayhem?
This band is pure boring recorded in a studio. i can't listen to a full song by them...way to go Lucas for being able to do the whole album.
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24.09.2009 - 13:25
Biddle127
I love reading these kind of reviews then going to their official website. It's like they've pointed a gun to the head of some guy, and made them write the complete opposite to what they think of the band.
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