Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Tendead - Return of the Ancient

Released: 21st December 2012
Genre: Stoner Rock, Sludge Metal, Doom Metal
Label: Unsigned
Number of Tracks: 9
Sounds Like: Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Old Black Sabbath.

Overall Rating: 6/10.

Tendead return with their 2nd album since their formation in 2006 with new album 'Return of the Ancient'.

The album consists of dense, mid tempo tracks that give off a feeling of invasive evil that attacks you from all angles and leaves you battered and bruised. The vocals fit perfectly with the down tuned guitar and bass and with the odd melody to mix things up and the whole concept works well together. The guitars are impressively clear but brutal, the vocals are aggressive but audible and Christina Siebels holding down the rhythmic drum fort in classic sludge style. Even though the band have the basics of a sludge album, they seem to lack gravitas and they could perhaps add a little more to make the tracks more interesting. 

There are some mosh stomping riffs in the album, such as Government, Nephilim, What is a Lie and System Breakdown. 2nd track Return of the Ancient starts off with a spine tingling intro which builds to a satanic style doom riff, which leads nicely into the 3rd track Eyes of the Son. 4th track Out Truth has some nice melodies and a nice theme throughout, and also has an appropriate solo. The outstanding song of the album is 7th track What is a Lie. There is more aggressive vocals and guitar which will get in your head. Final track The New, is a clean/acoustic track in which it seems to crackle and twang a lot which is a disappointment  but the idea is there and the deep vocals seem to compliment the guitar.

Overall, this album reminds me of Down and Neurosis and the band has the potential and some good ideas on which they can develop for their 3rd album. Tendead are worth keeping your eye on if you are a fan of sludge metal. 

Currently touring the Midwest region on America, shows including Wichita  Kansas and Norfolk NE, and working on material for their 3rd album.


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