Tiamat (band)

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Tiamat performing at Kavarna Rock Fest 2011
Background information
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresGothic metal, gothic rock, death metal (early), symphonic black metal (early)[1]
Years active1987–present
LabelsCentury Media, Nuclear Blast, Napalm
Associated actsMr. Death, Katatonia
MembersJohan Edlund
Anders Iwers
Lars Sköld
Roger Öjersson

Tiamat is a Swedish band that formed in Stockholm in 1987 and led by Johan Edlund. The band went through a number of stylistic changes, usually leaning towards gothic metal.


Initially, the band was named Treblinka. After having recorded the album Sumerian Cry in 1989, vocalist/guitarist Johan Edlund and bassist Jörgen Thullberg parted ways with the other two founding members, and subsequently changed the name to Tiamat. The Sumerian Cry album included re-recorded Treblinka songs and was released in June 1990. AllMusic refers to early Tiamat as "one of the leading lights in symphonic black metal."[2]

After the debut, Edlund's leadership would modify the band's style with influences ranging from Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate, Candlemass, Pink Floyd and King Crimson, with Sumerian lyrical themes. H. P. Lovecraft's writings also appear to have influenced Tiamat's thematology, a development consistent with a broader trend in death metal culture.[3] Polish guitarist Waldemar Sorychta would produce and contribute instrumentation to many of the band's albums, as well as those by Tiamat's own tour and labelmates, including Moonspell, Rotting Christ, Lacuna Coil and Samael.

1994's critically acclaimed Wildhoney mixed raw vocals, slow guitar riffs and synthesizer sounds which sounded different from other extreme metal bands active at that time. An almost continuous forty-minute piece of music, Wildhoney led to the band's appearances at the Dynamo[4] and Wacken Open Air heavy metal festivals in 1995. The group would play a second gig at Dynamo two years later.

Upon the release of A Deeper Kind of Slumber (1997), Edlund relocated from Sweden to Germany and declared himself the only permanent member of the band; all albums that would follow would cement the band into a more gothic rock sound, quite different from the extreme music they did in the years before, with recent albums showing a Sisters of Mercy and Pink Floyd influence.[5]

The band signed to Nuclear Blast in June 2007, and released their ninth album Amanethes on April 18, 2008.

On August 10, 2008, Thomas Wyreson announced that he was quitting the band, stating that "it's just kinda hard to make everything work with the family etc."[6]

Their song Cain was also featured in the video game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.

The band's tenth full-length studio album, The Scarred People, was released on November 2, 2012 through Napalm Records.




Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Sumerian Cry
  • Released: June 7, 1990
  • Label: CMFT Productions
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
The Astral Sleep
  • Released: September 1, 1991
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
  • Released: April 2, 1992
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
  • Released: October 25, 1994
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
A Deeper Kind of Slumber
  • Released: August 12, 1997
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
39 29 22
Skeleton Skeletron
  • Released: August 11, 1999
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
56 19 47
Judas Christ
  • Released: April 30, 2002
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
52 28
  • Released: October 27, 2003
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, DL
  • Released: May 27, 2008[15]
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
13 69
The Scarred People
  • Released: November 2, 2012[16]
  • Label: Napalm
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
11 62 154
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Year Album
"A Winter Shadow" 1990 The Astral Sleep
"Cold Seed" 1997 A Deeper Kind of Slumber
"Brighter Than the Sun" 1999 Skeleton Skeletron
"Vote for Love" 2002 Judas Christ
"Cain" 2003 Prey
"The Temple of the Crescent Moon" 2008 Amanethes
"Born to Die" 2013 The Scarred People


Title EP details
  • Released: November 28, 1994
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD
For Her Pleasure
  • Released: November 8, 1999
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, DL

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Sleeping Beauty (Live in Israel)
  • Released: April 5, 1994
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Musical History of Tiamat
  • Released: February 1995
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD
  • Released: February 26, 2007
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD, DL
The Ark of the Covenant - The Complete Century Media Years
  • Released: August 18, 2008
  • Label: Century Media
  • Formats: CD

Video albums[edit]

Title Video details Peak chart positions
The Church of Tiamat
  • Released: April 24, 2006
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: DVD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Directed Album
1992 "Sleeping Beauty"
1994 "Whatever That Hurts"
1997 "Cold Seed"
A Deeper Kind Of Slumber
1999 "Brighter Than The Sun"
Skeleton Skeletron
2002 "Vote For Love"
Judas Christ
2003 "Cain"
2012 "The Scarred People"[18] angst-im-wald The Scarred People
2013 "384" Ioanna Lampropoulou[19]
"Love Terrorists" Johan Edlund, Ioanna Lampropoulou[20][21]
"The Red Of The Morning Sun"


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