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Tiamat (S)

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Tiamat is a Swedish heavy metal band that formed in Stockholm in 1987.

Initially, the band played straightforward black metal under the name 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.

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 Dynamo[2] and 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 April 18, 2008.

On August 10, 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 November 2, 2012 through Napalm Records.


Was als Death- und Black Metal Band begann, ist mittlerweile eine Institution im Gothic Metal und Psychedelic Rock: die schwedische Band Tiamat um den charismatischen Frontmann Johan Endlund.

1988 im schwedischen Täby unter dem mehr als fragwürdigen Namen Treblinka gegründet (der sich auf das deutsche Vernichtungslager während des Dritten Reichs bezieht), machen Tiamat zunächst eine knüppelharte Mischung aus Death und Black Metal.

Nach der Umbenennung in Tiamat entfernt sich die Band um Sänger Johan "Hellslaughter" Edlund recht schnell von ihrem Ursprungssound und lässt Einflüsse von Psychedelic Rock und Gothic Metal zu. Der Band-Klang wird dank filigraner Melodien und den Einsatz von Keyboards immer atmosphärischer und dichter.

Einflüsse von Bands wie Pink Floyd oder Sisters Of Mercy sind hie und da zu hören, und die häufigen Ausflüge in verschiedene Stile machen es vielen Fans nicht leicht, der Band die Treue zu halten. Andererseits empfinden andere genau diesen Eklektizismus als die große Stärke der Band.