|Review: Tiwaz - T-Stamped Spear|
Label: Somber Music
Year released: 2005
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: November 13, 2007
Reviewed by: Nicholas Lazarus
To be sure, Brazilians singing exclusively about Germanic mythology and Nordic religions seems contrived from the get-go. From a strictly ideological standpoint, it's bothersome that they couldn't have decided upon some native Pagan religion to focus on. It really makes the subject matter feel insincere. The only reason I could overlook this is on the chance that they are Brazilians of German decent, because there is a great number of such people.
Anyhow, the music.
The band seems very inexperienced. As with many newcomers, the band's influences are readily recognizable. The biggest influence seems to be Falkenbach's early material. With a touch of melodic Death Metal. Influences of Power and Black Metal show through also. An odd combination, one might think. But lumping melodic Death Metal together with Viking Metal leaves a foul taste in my mouth. Especially when it stinks of the viral Swedish "melodeath" sound that refuses to die.
Unfortunately, their apparent inexperience doesn't end there. Faster tempos are undermined by sluggish, unsteady drum playing. The singing is of unacceptable quality, and the whole album feels impotent. The harsh vocals are the bare minimum. Just a lazy, lazy performance. This guy is not inspired at all. The keyboards are too pronounced, too monotonous. The songs are incoherent and the haphazard genre splicing never cements at all. Even if realized to their potential; carried out with talent - the ideas this album has to offer are still generic and uninteresting.
On occasion, an album will be so bad that it goes beyond a simple uninterested sentiment. Sometimes, albums get so bad or are bad in certain ways, that they rouse anger. And this album straddles that line.
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