Tiamat performing at Kavarna Rock Fest 2011
|Genres||Gothic metal, gothic rock, death-doom (early), symphonic black metal (early)|
|Labels||Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Napalm|
|Associated acts||Mr. Death, Katatonia|
|Members|| Johan Edlund |
Tiamat is a Swedish band that formed in Stockholm in 1987 and led by Johan Edlund. The band went through a number of stylistic changes, usually leaning toward gothic metal.
Initially, the band was named Treblinka. After having recorded the album Sumerian Cry in 1989, vocalist/guitarist Johan Edlund and bassist Jörgen Thullberg parted ways with the other two founding members, and subsequently changed the name to Tiamat. The Sumerian Cry album included re-recorded Treblinka songs and was released in June 1990. AllMusic refers to early Tiamat as "one of the leading lights in symphonic black metal."
After the debut, Edlund's leadership would modify the band's style with influences ranging from Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate, Candlemass, Pink Floyd and King Crimson, with Sumerian lyrical themes. H. P. Lovecraft's writings also appear to have influenced Tiamat's thematology, a development consistent with a broader trend in death metal culture.Polish guitarist Waldemar Sorychta would 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 Coil and Samael.
1994's critically acclaimed Wildhoney mixed raw vocals, slow guitar riffs and synthesizer sounds which sounded different from other extreme metal bands active at that time. An almost continuous forty-minute piece of music, Wildhoney led to the band's appearances at the Dynamoand Wacken Open Air heavy 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 Germany and declared himself the only permanent member of the band; all albums that would follow would cement the band into a more gothic rock sound, quite different from the extreme music they did in the years before, with recent albums showing a Sisters of Mercy and Pink Floyd influence.
The band signed to Nuclear Blast in June 2007, and released their ninth album Amanethes on 18 April 2008.
On 10 August 2008, Thomas Wyreson announced that he was quitting the band, stating that "it's just kinda hard to make everything work with the family etc."
Their song Cain was also featured in the video game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines .
The band's tenth full-length studio album, The Scarred People , was released on 2 November 2012 through Napalm Records.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|The Astral Sleep||—||—||—||—|
|A Deeper Kind of Slumber||39||29||22||—|
|The Scarred People||11||62||—||154|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"A Winter Shadow"||1990||The Astral Sleep|
|"Cold Seed"||1997||A Deeper Kind of Slumber|
|"Brighter Than the Sun"||1999||Skeleton Skeletron|
|"Vote for Love"||2002||Judas Christ|
|"The Temple of the Crescent Moon"||2008||Amanethes|
|"Born to Die"||2013||The Scarred People|
|For Her Pleasure|
|The Sleeping Beauty (Live in Israel)|
|The Musical History of Tiamat|
|The Ark of the Covenant - The Complete Century Media Years|
|Title||Video details||Peak chart positions|
|The Church of Tiamat||5|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|1994||"Whatever That Hurts"||Wildhoney|
|1997||"Cold Seed"||A Deeper Kind Of Slumber|
|1999||"Brighter Than The Sun"||Skeleton Skeletron|
|2002||"Vote For Love"||Judas Christ|
|2012||"The Scarred People"||angst-im-wald||The Scarred People|
|"Love Terrorists"||Johan Edlund, Ioanna Lampropoulou|
|"The Red Of The Morning Sun"|
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