TIAMAT “The Astral Sleep” + “A Winter Shadow” /CD/



The third re-release of the second full-length album by the legendary Swedish Atmospheric Death/Doom Metal band.
Despite being released only one year after their debut album, "Sumerian Cry", the compositional and musical evolution of the band is evident, with lower Doom-Death Metal orientation. "The Astral Sleep" marks band's debut on longtime label, Century Media Records. Tiamat displayed an incredible learning curve, resulting in excellent "The Astral Sleep". There are greater instrumental participation (particularly notable, atmospheric keyboards and guitar solos). Short synthesizer instrumentals ("Neon Aeon" and "The Seal") open and close the album, setting the stage for the band's new ability to incorporate background keyboard textures (often resembling angelic choirs) to even their most aggressive Death Metal. Vocalist Johan Edlund has already begun transforming his grunt into a raspy growl (actual singing would follow), and his songwriting is original and diversified on standouts like "Mountain of Doom", "Lady Temptress", and the multifaceted "A Winter Shadow". Acoustic guitar precipitates the otherwise furious "On Golden Wings" and "The Southernmost Voyage" (another highlight) and the band finally thrashes out a bit on "Ancient Entity" and "I Am the King (Of Dreams)".
The album is a very fine represents Melodic Death Metal that time, having made a big step of Tiamat that has progressed musically very much. A Doom/Death Metal classic from 1991 that is quintessential and proved highly influential for tons of musicians worldwide as it took a slower, gloomier route during the Death Metal boom instead of speed things up like many other peers did! Especially the great Woodhouse production gave “The Astral Sleep” a special atmosphere and unique sound!!
Limited Black CD Edition features fold out mini-poster booklet and “A Winter Shadow” EP (1990) as a bonus!!!
Century Media, 1991/2006 (77681-2). Made in Germany.


Tracklist:
1. Neo Aeon (Intro) 2:09
2. Lady Temptress 3:44
3. Mountain Of Doom 4:36
4. Dead Boy`s Choir 1:53
5. Sumerian Cry (Part III) 5:16
6. On Golden Wings 4:58
7. Ancient Entity 6:17
8. The Southernmost Voyage 3:12
9. Angels Far Beyond 4:42
10. I Am The King (...Of Dreams) 4:34
11. A Winter Shadow 5:23
12. The Seal (Outro) 1:52
Bonus Track taken from the "A Winter Shadow EP":
13. A Winter Shadow 5:25
14. Ancient Entity 5:54
Total playing time: 59:55


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