Released: 2002, Monster Records
JUDAS CHRIST is not the first album in Tiamat’s decade-long history, but it is the first to have made it’s way into my hands. I disclose this information simply to make the reader aware that I have very little context from which to review this album. After listening to the album for more than a month, all I can say is, if this is what Tiamat is all about, then I haven’t missed a thing.
Try as I might, I just couldn’t listen to this album in one sitting. It just drags too much, an all-too-common occurrence considering the genre … gothic metal. The voice of frontman Johan Edlund is monotonous and droning, the guitars are slow, the keyboards are distracting. If these grievances aren’t enough, the lyrics pretty much seal the deal. It’s been years since I read lyrics as bad as these. Cheese is one thing, but this is limburger cheese people. Think I’m exaggerating? Check out these jewels:
“The raven flew back to Hades / And the shemales went back to the eighties.”
“King of black hearts in the parliament / A skinny white boy for president.”
“I've put a velvet cloth on everything we've done / But I still love you like a bullet loves the gun.”
I don’t mean to offend fans of the band. After all, this is personal opinion and you know what they say about opinions. Something about assholes and everybody having one? Anyway, part of my dislike for the album can be attributed to the fact that gothic metal has never been my thing. If you like gothic metal, who knows, you may actually like this album, though I get the feeling that even goth aficionados will struggle to get through this one.
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