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Review of the Album "Wildhoney" by Swedish Doom and Death Metal Band Tiamat

Updated on November 20, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


The Musical Style of the Album "Wildhoney"

Here is something interesting to start off this album review. And that is that in the 4th studio album "Wildhoney" by the Swedish band Tiamat, in the second song called Whatever That Hurts, there is a line that says “with every tear a dream….” What is present on 1994’s Wildhoney is some very impressive doom and harsh death metal while at the same time, not having that despondent tone or feel that you would hear from bands such as Tristania.

The Title Track "Wildhoney" and Some of the Album's Musical Influences

The opener called Wildhoney is a short track with the sound of birds chirping as the album goes into the mentioned second song that has a Dark Tranquillity feel to it because of the guitar tone that dominates at least two minutes of that song. I also hear a very noticeable Before the Dawn feel in this song once again because of the same reason that we hear the Dark Tranquillity style but clearly the doom death feel in this song resembles something that the band Before the Dawn would use in their music. This acoustic passage goes on for a while but its beauty is there for those of us that can really take it in.

Songs "The Ar" & "25th Floor"

“The Ar” has a sort of Gothic rock feel to it as the beginning of the song lyrically points out that within the heart of every human, there is a power within them that remains unused so in a sense, most people do not live to their full potential. I sense a sort of Theatre of Tragedy riffing moment but Tiamat came before them so Theatre of Tragedy was more than likely influenced by Tiamat. 25th Floor is a less than 2 minute instrumental song that has weird effects and noises in it but it really doesn’t diminish the quality of Wildhoney too much.

"The Ar"

About the Song "Gaia"

Gaia is a song that addresses that serums have the potential to eradicate illness. Diseases have plagued mankind since the creation and evolution of human life. If the Earth is having a drought, rains can come and alleviate these droughts but global warming is upon us now in the 21st century.


About the Rest of the Songs On the Album "Wildhoney"

Visionaire has vocals similar to what fans may hear in the early releases of Finnish band Battlelore. Lyrically, this song explores the search for deeper meaning as some of us attempt to find out why we are here and what our destiny may be. Kaleidoscope is yet another instrumental song that combines acoustic guitar sounds with the sound of rain and thunder. Do You Dream of Me? That’s an interesting title for a song as this is a good written ballad song about someone being there to try and help someone when they fall down in life. We wish that we could break into someone’s dreams and help them out. A Pocket Size Sun ends this very good album as the influence musically would inspire “The 3rd and the Mortal from Norway.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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