this week for the weekly review, i’m checking out Wildhoney, a 1994 record from Swedish metal band Tiamat.

Wildhoney starts off with the title track, a minute long intro of nature sounds and ambient noises over which sone pretty mellow guitar work introduces itself. the melodic shift into the significantly heavier Whatever That Hurts is incredibly seamless, love that. Whatever That Hurts’s bold, powerchord style instrumentally is nice, the vocal work im less keen on. neat track overall though, lyrically the track’s building a very interesting image and comes together with the music very nicely. the shift into The Ar is p damn smooth too. got some real good transitions on this record. still not huge on the guttural lyrical delivery, but really enjoying a lot of the atmosphere – that powerful guitar, the deep bass, the choral work, its cool. 25th floor is a little too discordant for me, personally. Gaia’s p good, love a good “nature will fuck us all up” track. Visionaire’s fine. gives me mad ozymandias vibes, ngl, which i dig. Kaleidoscope is a fairly transitional instrumental track. not super exciting but it dont gotta be, esp since it looks like the step down in tone is to prep for Do You Dream of Me? kind of a sweet, kind of a creepy song. really dig the jamming at the end of it though. Planets functions a lil as a transition out of Dream and into A Pocket Size Sun, the closer. bringing things way down, this one’s really interesting. a neat tonal departure from the earlier parts of the record, its cool how the structure of the record doesnt make the transition difficult. also makes me appreciate the transition in from Wildhoney a lil better.

faves –
dislikes –

yeah this was fine. there’s some stuff here i dig quite a bit – a lot of the guitar work, a lot of the tone setting, quite a bit of the lyrics, all contributed to some really neat experiences. but man i did not like the vocals here. and quite a bit of it felt like i would need to be in a specific mood for, and i was NOT in the right mood to really resonate with this record this week. i feel like revisiting it at the right time could lead to a better appreciation, but i had a rough time engaging with the record this week.

Wildhoney – 4/10

the selection for this week’s suggestion pool is the 1998 release from Boards of Canada, Music Has the Right to Children. i’ll be back next Friday, July 15th for a review, and in the meantime, let me know what album you’d like me to review! (i pool all suggestions in one place, and draw a person, then a pick from that person, so feel free to drop as many as you’d like! if you leave an email or username i’ll contact you when i’ve gotten through all your suggestions.)