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Skeleton Skeletron (Century Media)

By: Jeb Branin

Every time I get a new TIAMAT disc I can't help but wonder how many people will buy it with hopes that the band will have revisited their death/doom metal past? On the other hand I also have to wonder if there are very many fans who even remember that past? Regardless, the TIAMAT of today's only connection to metal is their continued use of heavy guitar to augment their gothic expressionism. "Skeleton Skeletron" is yet another chapter in TIAMAT's never ending quest to turn into the SWANS and, frankly, it is by far their best attempt yet. Not necessarily musically but conceptually. They have managed very convincingly to incorporate into their introspective and esoteric sound elements that might almost be described as "hooks". This album has a heartbeat. It throbs. It has life. Unlike "A Deeper Kind of Slumber", it isn't purely expressionistic and atmospheric because it actually gets under the skin and moves. The band's bio compares it to the difference between rural life and urban life, which I can almost buy. Just like "the city" has a life that seems to be more than the mere sum of its parts, so does this album. While "Skeleton Skeletron" relies more on the impact of individual songs than probably any TIAMAT album ever, it also has the feel of a complete package. A unified concept. A transcendual experience. Y'know, something like the SWANS would do.
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