Album Reviews

Tanith – In Another Time Review

Released by: Metal Blade Records

Release Date: May 24th, 2019

Line Up:

Russ Tippins – Guitars, Vocals
 Cindy Maynard – Bass, Vocals
 Charles Newton – Guitars
 Keith Robinson – Drums


Tracklist:

Citadel (Galantia Pt. 1)
Book of Changes
Wing of the Owl (Galantia Pt. 3)
Cassini’s Deadly Plunge
Under the Stars
Mountain
Eleven Years
Dionysus
 Under the Stars (Reprise)


It was just by chance that I heard a track from the band Tanith online and was immediately attracted to the vocals and guitar, both of which are offered in a twin format. Without knowing anything about the band I decided to seek out more. It must’ve been kismet as shortly after the promo came to me. I was pretty eager to check out the whole album, but working a new shift at “the real job” and having so many other things mounting up, I wasn’t able to jump on it immediately. I did finally manage to squeeze in some jamming time and now some free moments to write as well.
In Another Time is pretty much what I expected from the first song I heard.

It has that flowy 70’s Hard Rock sound with the twin guitar assault while also having elements of a more trippy type of sound. Almost a Heavy Metal meets Jefferson Airplane, Tanith weaves a haunting sound as the shared vocals of Russ Tippins and Cindy Maynard meld so perfectly together. This is a significantly different sort of project for Tippins (of NWOBHM legends Satan.) I love the jammy feel to the songs- they feel as if they were hanging out with friends just making music for the fun of it and just happened to be recording. The hippie, trippy vibe runs throughout the album giving the listener a spiritual lift, unlike most metal albums of this type they sing of a more optimistic subject matter than darkness and evil.

Warts and all, I’m glad I got the chance to check this band out. I like the fact that there are moments on In Another Time that could’ve been cleaned up with studio magic, but the band opts to give a true interpretation of what they’re about giving the album a “real” feel to it. It’s likely not going to be for everyone. It never gets any heavier than say Blue Oyster Cult at their heaviest, but it is still a very good album for fans of a more vintage sounding band (though they never sound derivative.) Tanith’s first album, In Another Time, is just that and transports you back to when music was about chilling out and have a good time.


Written by: Chris Martin

Ratings: 8/10


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