What can I say that hasn’t already been said? This C.D. is one of their greatest works!
The glory days of the great power trios are faithfully re-visited as Inside Out Music proudly submits the sophomore release by the mighty Jelly Jam. Jelly Jam features the almost other-worldly musical talents of Ty Tabor (King’s X) on guitar and lead-vocals, John Myung (Dream Theater) on bass, and Rod Morgenstein (The Dixie Dregs) on Drums. The (power) trio format gives these uniquely gifted musicians the freedom and space to stretch out and really show what they’re capable of doing, but never at the expense of their listeners. Huge and catchy guitar riffs are driven by a thunderously, tight rhythm section within song structures that swing from surgical precision to free-form instrumental jams. Ty’s vocal skills and knack for melody are also on display in abundance. The Jelly Jam will be playing showcase dates in support of the release (details TBD) This release will have direct appeal to the formidable fan bases of Dream Theater and King’s X.
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Tiamat is another band I’ve been following since 1995. Each album they put out is unique (sometimes to the point of sounding like a different band.) Amanethes is a little different, however. It’s kind of a culmination of all their works… Like their older works, it’s a bit more aggressive than their newer productions. It still as the ambiance of their newer albums, however. As a whole, the album is rich and deep, and flows very nicely from beginning to end. Amanethes is another “must have” album for any fan of European metal!
It’s been a long wait since the last release… Very impressed with the content of the new album, a nice mix of there older material and latest releases.
Tiamat has pulled a hat trick with this album. for one, Johan Edlund’s voice is different, the album credits list that the guitar players play electric and acoustic guitars, as well as Johan playing the bouzouki. they also seem to be rocking a little harder with this album.they also have an evil vibe about them too. on the third song, Johan Edlund sounds like Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele, and on the fourth song, there is some acoustic picking. all in all there are some new textures on this album. I recommend this album to metal fans everywhere who appreciate metal with different elements.
Talk about a big change in sound. To quote Johan Edlund on Temple of the Crescent Moon, “It’s been five long years”, which was enough time for Tiamat to re-invent themselves. The results? Well, mostly good. Amanethes is one of Tiamat’s most original and exciting releases of their career. The riffs and melodies are great and really harken back to albums like A Deeper Kind Of Slumber and Judas Christ. The biggest change? Johan’s vocals. They are weird. For the first time since Wildhoney, Johan is using that growl of his, which works for the most part. However, gone is the smooth whisper-like singing he used on Slumber through Prey. Johan’s new vocal styling will take some serious getting used to as it is kind of shakey, but it still compliments the music well. Listen to the opening vocals on the first track and the verses on Lucienne to see what I mean. Raining Dead Angels and Equinox of the Gods are HEAVY and they are great songs and a welcome change. Will They Come and Thirst Snake are very somber and melodic, while Meliae is probably the most beautifully written Tiamat song ever. Amanitis has some great mandolin, which adds a very medieval feel to Amanethes. This album is very satanic, but Tiamat somehow make it a beautiful experience. Amanethes also wins best Tiamat album cover ever. Hot! If you are a fan of Tiamat from Wildhoney to present then you must get this album because it is truly an original and new Tiamat experience, it just may take some getting used to. Enjoy.