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Tamerlan - Infinigrammaton

Tamerlan
Infinigrammaton
by Louise Brown at 02 April 2019, 1:01 PM

TAMERLAN is a one-man Death Folk Metal act that originated in Prokopyevsk, Russia during 2006. "Infinigrammaton" is the tenth release in TAMERLAN'S impressive discography and continues the overall message of "seek a higher consciousness" that has resonated throughout the other albums.

"Heart Of A Man, Soul Of A Wolf" starts out the album. It features the type of pretty, melodic music that you'd expect from a Death Folk Metal artist. The vocals are a bit different than the usual style that one tends to hear; it's more of a spoken word composition rather than a pure song. Consequently, it lacked the sort of tone that is normally associated with Metal music, even by Folk Metal standards. Not really what I'm looking for as music fan. "The Hierophant" begins with traditional throat singing; if you're not familiar with it I would recommend checking out some videos on YouTube since it's actually a pretty cool form of vocalization. The music sounds more like traditional Folk Metal with its blend of melody and just enough darkness to keep it interesting. More of the spoken word vocals are present, yet they enhance the song rather than taking away from it. Definitely a better song than the first track.

"From The Vast Primordial Ocean" features far too much spoken word for my taste. In small amounts it's not entirely bad, but in larger amounts it's annoying. I want to hearing singing, NOT speaking. Luckily, "On The Wings Of Cosmic Light" is far better with a much purer Folk Metal tone to it. It actually reminds me a little of some WARDRUNA songs that I've heard. I find myself wanting to listen to it rather than forcing myself to do so. Another pleasant surprise is the epic (over 11 minutes long) track "The Crippled God".  The intro is beautiful, Gothic and haunting. It is also quite nice to hear female vocals featured singing on the track; they add a melancholy tone that makes the track that much more compelling. I have to admit it is one of the better songs I've heard in a while. In fact, it's so good that I have to wonder why more of the album didn't sound like this. The two following tracks, "Unexorciseable," and "Slave Under Will" didn't make much of an impression on me so I'll skip ahead to the BEST track on the whole album, "Indivination Path".  It's slower and darker than the previous songs which makes it far more interesting to listen to since it lends the track a sophistication that the others lack. Beautiful guitar riffs highlight the music and lead to an excellent guitar that starts just after the 3 minute mark. Even at 8 minutes the song seems to flow effortlessly. Once again, I have to wonder why more of the album didn't feature more of this type of quality. It's a shame since it's obvious the artist is more than capable of it when he chooses to be.

 While I confess "Infinigrammaton" isn't something that I'm drawn to it could appeal to those with a more eclectic taste in music. It's definitely different from most of the Folk Metal or Death Folk Metal songs albums that I've heard previously.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 6





3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
  1. Heart Of A Man, Soul Of A Wolf
  2. The Hierophant
  3. From The Vast Primordial Ocean
  4. On The Wings Of Cosmic Light
  5. The Crippled God
  6. Unexorcisable
  7. Slave Under Will
  8. Indivination Path

Lineup:
Timur Iskandarov -  Guitars, lute, keyboards and all other sounds
Record Label: Casus Belli Musica
     


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