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Tiwanaku – Earth Base One

Earth Base One
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 27 September 2022, 10:23 AM

From their EPK, “Rising from the tsunami and following flood that decimated the west coast of South America 18,000 years ago after a comet hit in the Pacific, the many spirits of Tiwanaku summoned Vocalist/Guitarist Ed Mowery in a vision to create a musical band and call it TIWANAKU.  The band has risen from the muddy depths of the underground of Tiwanaku, a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia, to create a form of Death Metal that will find die-hard Metalheads across the planet intrigued by both the music and lyrical content created at the expense of many of the unknowns on our planet, science facts, and surrounding
Universe.” The album contains ten songs.

“Visitor from Titan” is the first. The riff is pretty simple, and the vocals are harsh. Some lead work occupies the background, as well as some ambient keyboards. This slow and depressing Death Metal sound is not that unique. Let’s keep listening. “Ghost War” begins with eerie keyboards. From there, it’s another slow groove until just before the half-way mark, when it picks up in pacing. The lead guitar work is fairly spastic. I’m not sure about the lyrical content, but so far the music isn’t anything special. “Swarm” is a much shorter song, where the meter is a little different than the standard 4/4. The rolling drums just scream “Death Metal,” but the band isn’t being very inventive in my opinion.

“Nightmare Hall” has some eerie opening sounds as well as some nice bass guitar work It’s really the first song we hear where there is some diversity. Sadly, it doesn’t last long. Before too long, it’s back to a similar sound as the previous tracks. “Closed Minds” is another shorter song that has some nice background elements but they are overshadowed by the drums, vocals, and guitars. “Giants Below Us” is another slab of weighted Death Metal with the usual elements. Aside from the meter shift, the band isn’t even trying to be creative with their music. “Today in Battle” features another rumbling sound heavy with guitars and drums. The lead work is actually pretty good, and the time changes interesting. This might be the best song on the album. “Interdimensional” closes the album. With clean vocals, it’s a surprising change of pace. The vocalist actually has a nice clean voice, which leads me to question…where was this the entire album?

This was billed as Progressive Death Metal. While the Death Metal elements are strong, there are very few Progressive elements to fill in. The music is very average. The vocals are about the only thing here that keeps the album intriguing, although when you hear them through ten tracks, they lost a bit of their luster. They do a nice job with background elements, but they are just that…too much in the background. The production is clear, and the cover art is very cool. But it will take more than these to win me over on the album.

Songwriting: 3
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 3
Production: 8

2 Star Rating

1. Visitor from Titan
2. Ghost War
3. Swarm
4. Nightmare Hall
5. Closed Minds
6. Giants Below Us
7. Vision Abducted
8. Today in Battle
9. Falling Stars
10. Interdimensional
Ed Mowery – Vocals, Guitar
Record Label: Avantgarde Music


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