2. Ten Thousand Tentacles
3. Wings of Heaven
4. Love in Chains
*6. Carry Your Cross and I'll Carry Mine
7. Triple Cross
*8. Light in Extension
10. The Garden of Heathen
13. The Pentagram
14. Sleeping (In the Fire)
* = choice cuts
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Tiamat are one of metal's greatest sob stories. Ten years ago, they were pioneers of the genre, having created one of the best albums of all time (1994's Wildhoney). They took symphonic black metal to a whole new level, spurting out effortlessly brilliant riffs that seemed to travel a mile-a-minute.
As amazing as it was, it really was too good to be true. It's a decade later, and the band has slipped into the lows of creating bland, goth metal that barely even hints being from the same source as their earlier, brilliant works. While Prey isn't half as bad as Judas Christ (their last catastrophe), it sounds just as uninspired and boring. Sure, they've brought back a little bit of what made Wildhoney so great -- less keyboards -- but other than that, this is hardly a return to form for the band. With every album, Johan Edlund tries to sound more like Pete Steele (Type O Negative), but unlike Steele, he has no idea -how- to sound like Steele. So instead, he basically talks over the music in a faceless, non-innovative goth tone. Or when he's not growling, he's singing, but his voice is horribly monotonish.
Honestly, if this release was put out by another band, it wouldn't be as bad as it is. If Prey was the debut of an up-and-coming Century Media band, it would be a decent debut. But since it's the work of musicians we know are capable of creating the best music of all time, it's utterly unacceptable -- and downright disappointing.
Embarrassing. It has it's moments, but come on. Century Media needs to put this band out of it's misery and concentrate on releasing more stuff like God Forbid and Watch Them Die. Promote them instead, they're much better .. and not old.