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The Church of Tiamat

Year: 2006
Format: DVD
Label: Metal Mind/Century Media
Genre: [Gothic Metal/Black Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 8.0
Production: 6.5

When it comes to naming both famous and distinguished gothic metal groups, bands like Paradise Lost, Type O Negative and Tiamat spring to mind. Last of these has actually just released their first DVD release titled as the Church of Tiamat. In addition to the main feature showcasing their gig in Poland, there's also additional bonus material on this disc featuring the history of Tiamat (namely commentary tracks and promotional videos alongside some rare live footage). As one may assume, the promotional videos are better sounding than the live gig and give this release more value.

The quality of song material on this release is rather good, and I readily acknowledge the Church of Tiamat as being kind of a "best of" record (just take a look at the tracklist, and you'll soon start thinking likewise). The performances are tight, which isn't that surprising as all the guys on stage are professionals. The Tiamat members Edlund, Sköld and Iwers are supported by Martin Brändtröm (Dark Tranquility) and Fredrik Åkesson (Arch Enemy) on their set.

Unfortunately the production on this record isn't quite up to my standards... though the picture quality is good (the whole gig has been actually shooted widescreen), the sound quality doesn't quite match to that of picture's. Especially the low-end seems to be problematic, since it's crowded and distorts frequently. If the sound quality would be higher I would warmly recommend this DVD to all the fans, but unfortunately it isn't - therefore I can only recommend The Church of Tiamat for the hardcore fans who don't care that much about the quality of the sound. If you regard yourself in this group go ahead and check this DVD out.

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- MAGE (June 7th, 2006)

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Edlund, Johan: Guitars & Vocals
Iwers, Anders: Bass
Sköld, Lars: Drums
Brändström, Martin: Keys
Åkesson, Fredrik: Lead Guitars

also the following appear on bonus feature:
Thullberg, Jörgen: Bass
Petersson, Thomas: Lead Guitars
Ekstrand, Niklas: Drums
Hagel, Johnny: Bass
Sahlgren, Magnus: Lead Guitars
Danielson, Pär Anders: Keys
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Bemm, Siggi
Mastering by: Unavailable

 - The Church of Tiamat  DVD  Cover Image
Main Feature: Live in Poland, 2005
01. Vote for Love
02. Children of the Underworld
03. Cain
04. Brighter Than the Sun
05. To Have and Have Not
06. Whatever That Hurts
07. I Am in Love with Myself
08. In a Dream
09. Wings of Heaven
10. Cold Seed
11. Clovenhoof
12. As Long as You're Mine
13. Love Is as Good as Soma
14. The Sleeping Beauty
15. Gaia
15. Interview [25:44]

Bonus Feature: The History of Tiamat
16. Where the Serpents Ever Dwell  [7:00]
17. Whatever That Hurts            [4:50]
18. Gaia                           [3:41]
19. Undressed                      [6:15]
20. The Ar                         [2:53]
21. Alteration X                   [5:08]
22. Cold Seed                      [4:38]
23. Brighter Than the Sun          [4:28]
24. Vote for Love                  [4:15]
25. Phantasma De Luxe              [5:52]
26. Angel Holograms                [3:59]
27. Cain                           [5:03]
28. Do You Dream of Me?            [3:23]
29. Photo Gallery                  [1:20]
30. Art Gallery                    [1:20]
31. Desktop Images
32. Websites
33. Logo

Length: 166:08
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