- Product Code: 9982332
- You will get bonus-scraps: 15
- Availability: In Stock
- Price in bonus-scraps: 149
Second re-release (first remastered) of the third full-length album by the legendary Swedish Atmospheric Death/Doom Metal band.
"Clouds" was another major step in the quick sonic evolution of Tiamat, as the band continued to scale back their Death Metal roots while pursuing more conventional song structures. The album is still predominately fixated in the Death/Doom genre. Instrumentally, “Clouds” combine delicate acoustic guitars with crushing riffs and atmospheric keyboards. Johan Edlund's voice mixes death growls with a clean, Gothic moaning-type voice. Songwriting contributions from new bassist Johnny Hagel take some of the load off vocalist Johan Edlund, whose improving English-speaking skills and raspy but clear intonations finally let listeners appreciate his esoteric lyrics.
Every song on "Clouds" is distinct in its own way, but it doesn't get much better than "In a Dream" and "The Sleeping Beauty", both of which combine delicate acoustic guitars with crushing riffs and atmospheric keyboards. These same elements are mixed and matched in surprising fashion on "Smell of Incense", "The Scapegoat", and "Forever Burning Flames". The epic "Undressed" closes the album with similar inventiveness and points toward the future.
"Clouds" was only the first step for Tiamat into Gothic Metal/Rock. The band is best remembered for the "Clouds" and "Wildhoney" albums, which is more widespread and Psychedelic/Progressive influenced. "Clouds" would be the last album where the Death Metal grasp was strong, and it’s a telling sign of what the band would discover in themselves two years later. For stepping away from pure Death/Black Metal and laying the groundwork for "Wildhoney", "Clouds" is a historically important record that helped to shape the booming Doom Death Metal scene of decade!!
Limited Black CD includes “The Sleeping Beauty - Live in Israel” mini-album (1994) and video clip “The Sleeping Beauty” as bonuses!!!
Century Media, 1992/2012/2014 (9982332). Made in Germany.
1. In A Dream 5:12
2. Clouds 3:40
3. Smell Of Incense 4:40
4. A Caress Of Stars 5:27
5. The Sleeping Beauty 4:10
6. Forever Burning Flames 4:23
7. The Scapegoat 4:57
8. Undressed 7:08
Bonus Track taken from the "The Sleeping Beauty - Live in Israel":
9. In A Dream 5:01
10. Ancient Entity 6:32
11. The Sleeping Beauty 4:30
12. Mountain Of Doom 5:28
13. Angels Far Beyond 8:50
Total playing time: 69:58
“The Sleeping Beauty - Live in Israel” was recorded live in Tel-Aviv, Israel, 3rd of June '93. No overdubs or afterward mixing has been done.