- Tiamat (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Tiamat
Img_capt = Tiamat on
Hard Rock Laager, 2006
Background = group_or_band
Black metal(Treblinka-era) Death metal(first album) Doom metal(mid) Progressive metal(mid) Gothic metal/ Goth rock(recent)
Years_active = 1988 – present
Century Media Records, Nuclear Blast
Arch Enemy Ayreon Cemetary Ceremonial OathDismember In Flames Lake of Tears Lucyfire Opeth
URL = [http://churchoftiamat.com churchoftiamat.com]
Tiamat is a
metalband that formed in Stockholm, Swedenin 1988. Their music has been the subject of debate, utilizing subgenres like black metal, progressive, doom/death and gothic, but more recently they have focused on what has been described as "atmospheric/gothic rock" [cite web|url=http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=859|title=Encyclopaedia Metallum - Tiamat ] with ethnic, psychedelic and experimental elements.
Initially, the band played straightforward
black metalunder the name Treblinka. [cite web|url=http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=9478|title=Encyclopaedia Metallum - Treblinka (Swe) ] After having recorded the album Sumerian Cryin 1989, vocalist/guitarist Johan Edlundand bassist Jörgen Thullbergparted ways with the other two founding members, and subsequently changed the name to Tiamat. The "Sumerian Cry" album, as recorded by Treblinka, was released as Tiamat's debut album in June 1990.
After the debut, Edlund's leadership would modify the band's style with influences ranging from
Mercyful Fate, Candlemass, Pink Floyd[cite web|url=http://www.last.fm/music/Tiamat/+wiki|title=Tiamat’s Biography – Last.fm ] and King Crimson, with Sumerian lyrical themes. German guitarist Waldemar Sorychtawould produce and contribute instrumentation to many of the band's albums, as well as those by Tiamat's own tour and labelmates, including Moonspell, Rotting Christ, Lacuna Coiland Samael.
1994's critically acclaimed "
Wildhoney" mixed raw vocals, slow guitar riffs and synthesizer sounds which sounded different from other extreme metalbands active at that time. An almost continuous forty-minute piece of music, "Wildhoney" was considered to be a landmark release within the progressive/ doom metalgenres and would lead to the band's appearances at the Dynamo [cite web|url=http://www.rockdetector.com/officialbio,9323.sm|title=TIAMAT | Unique, Detailed Biography | Rockdetector ] and Wacken Open Airheavy metal festivals in 1995. The group would play a second gig at Dynamo two years later.
Upon the release of "
A Deeper Kind of Slumber(1997)", Edlund relocated from Sweden to Germanyand declared himself the only permanent member of the band; all albums that would follow would cement the band into a more gothic rocksound, quite different from the extreme music they did in the years before, with recent albums showing a Sisters of Mercy influence. [cite web|url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:5ekqikc6bbo9~T1|title=allmusic ((( Tiamat > Biography ))) ]
The band signed to
Nuclear Blast Recordsin June 2007. Tiamat released their new album Amanethes April 18, 2008.
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Theremin- Johan Edlund] , also fronts Lucyfire, a side project with a similar direction to recent Tiamat.
Guitar- Thomas Wyreson
* Bass -
Anders Iwers,] brother of current In Flamesbassist Peter Iwers.
Drums - Lars Sköld
Sumerian Cry" - June 7, 1990 CMFT Productions
The Astral Sleep" - September 1 1991 Century Media
*"Clouds" - April 2, 1992 Century Media
Wildhoney" - October 25, 1994 Century Media
A Deeper Kind of Slumber" - August 12, 1997 Century Media
Skeleton Skeletron" - August 11, 1999 Century Media
*"Judas Christ" - April 30, 2002 Century Media
*"Prey" - October 27, 2003 Century Media
Amanethes" - April 18, 2008 Nuclear Blast Records
Demos, singles, EP, Live and DVD
* "A Winter Shadow" (Demo) (1990)
The Sleeping Beauty (Live in Israel)" (Live) (1993)
* "Gaia" (EP) (1994)
* "The Musical History of Tiamat" (Live/Compilation(2 Disc)) (1995)
* "Cold Seed" (single) (1997)
* "For Her Pleasure" (EP) (1999)
* "Brighter than the Sun" (single) (1999)
* "Vote For Love" (single) (2002)
* "Cain" (single) (2003)
* "The Church of Tiamat" (DVD) (2006)
* "Commandments" (Best of/Compilation) (2007)
Toby Driver, former member of maudlin of the Welland Kayo Dot, and Moonspellsinger Fernando Ribeiro mention Tiamat as one of their major musical influences.
* [http://www.churchoftiamat.com/ Tiamat's official website.]
* [http://www.myspace.com/tiamat Tiamat's official Myspace.]
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