Metal Review: Tiamat – The Scarred People (2012)

Tiamat - The Scarred PeopleSweden’s gothic metal band Tiamat is back with their tenth studio album entitled The Scarred People, which will be available November 2nd through Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Siggi Bemm and the cover artwork was created by Tiamat mainman Johan Edlund.

I have always had a soft spot for gothic metal acts when they are done the right way. Heck, Moonspell is one of my favorite bands. Tiamat has a nice style as well. Their tone is strong and dark. Listen to tracks like Winter Dawn to see some of the power that Tiamat brings to the table. On the other side of the spectrum are songs like 384 – Kteis, which are simply dark and ominous in their presentation. Another distinct sound that Tiamat brings is the break section in Radiant Star. There is a very nice, melodic solo during the break and throughout the outro of the song. The track Messinian Letter throws the listener for a complete loop because of how divergent it is from everything else on the album.

Overall, you know what you are getting into with Tiamat, so if you like their previous releases, The Scarred People will suit you just fine. It is a solid release that I am hoping to get plenty of more listens out of.

The Scarred People Track Listing:
01. The Scarred People
02. Winter Dawn
03. 384 – Kteis
04. Radiant Star
05. The Sun Also Rises
06. Before Another Wilbury Dies
07. Love Terrorists
08. Messinian Letter
09. Thunder & Lightning
10. Tiznit
11. The Red Of The Morning Sun

Bonus Tracks:
12. Born To Die [bonus]
13. Paradise [bonus]
14. Divided [live] [bonus]
15. Cain [live] [bonus]

Tiamat Line-up:
Johan Edlund – vocals, guitar
Anders Iwers – bass
Lars Sköld – drums