Review: Tiamat – The Scarred People

Rated:

3.5/5

Tiamat might not play as ferociously as they did over 20 years ago when they started as a death-metal band, but the Swedes do sound fresh and invigorated. On this first album in four years, frontman Johan Edlund usually sings like the lovechild of Marilyn Manson and ’80s Bowie, while lush guitars and glowing keyboard offer plenty of dramatic orchestration. But much of Scarred isn’t text-book “gothic”: Both instrumentals, “Before Another Wilbury Dies” and “Tiznet” feature Blue Öyster Cult–ish guitar slashery, and peaceful acoustic pluckings and bird chirpings, respectively. Consider them respites from the compelling darkness. JEFF PERLAH

Check out “The Scarred People” off The Scarred People below: