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Tanith – In Another Time Album Review 10/10

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Tanith hit “the scene” in early 2018 with the release of their Citadel EP and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the band is co-fronted by one of Satan’s axemen, Russ Tippins and his girlfriend Cindy Maynard on bass and rounded out with Charles Newton on guitars and Keith Robinson on drums.

One of Tanith’s main principles in recording is that everything has to be done analog and it comes across clearly in their debut full length In Another Time released just recently on Metal Blade Records. While I’ve had the digital *gasp* files for a while, listening to the vinyl pressing this week on my 70s Pioneer turntable and receiver just sets me right. The recording is so warm and natural.  The 70s vibe is certainly there and they certainly reached their goal in the sound of the record.

The album has 9 tracks total, all of which I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen live on a couple of occasions.  The album is really special in that it’s not a metal record at all, but a melodic piece of art that just about any fan of hard rock can enjoy.  The ongoing comparisons to Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash and maybe a little early Thin Lizzy are legit but they have their thing going for them.  The best part is that none of this sounds contrived.  It’s one issue I have with a lot of the New Wave of Traditional Metal bands is that many try to hard to sound like they were from the 80s and it just ends up sounding like cheese. Again, Tanith isn’t a metal band, but their 70s rock sound and lyrics don’t sound like they were trying hard to fit that era.  It all sounds very natural.

Cindy and Russ’ vocals work together perfectly on this record and I love the mix overall.  Russ and Charles’ guitars circle around each other perfectly throughout the record.  Keith and Cindy’s rhythm section is spot on and natural.  Nothing is left out, meaning all instruments and vocals sound up front and clear and it’s quite refreshing. Their musical style lends to that as well.

I have no problem giving this 10/10 and it’s certainly one of the top releases of 2019. Top 3 tracks for me are Wing of the Owl, Cassini’s Deadly Plunge and Dionysus. Citadel and Eleven Years are the same recordings from the EP, but mixed a bit differently (I think?).  I also love those songs.  Let’s face it, I love the whole damned thing and can’t wait to see them live again.  Maybe one day they’ll add the song The Rock Stands Tall to an upcoming release.  While it was originally an early never-recorded Satan song, it fit their sound perfectly.

Listen for yourself.  DO IT.

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June 4, 2019 at 9:44 am

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That woman, she was on old flame of mine…

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When I look back at Thin Lizzy’s catalogue, it blows my mind that the Johnny The Fox  album wasn’t more popular.  Thin Lizzy - Johnny The FoxOther than the final track, Boogie Woogie Dance, it’s damn near perfect.  Phil sings his heart out on this.  Oddly enough the album is played a half-step down from standard tuning.  I had read a while back that Phil wrote most of while recovering from Hepatitis and tuning down made the songs easier to sing.

Thank God for Hepatitis, eh?

There’s a lot of romanticism and sadness on this album of varying degrees.  Borderline and Old Flame always tug at my heartstrings for various reasons…loves from days gone by.  Phil really had a way of stringing words and phrases together.

Selected verses from Borderline:

Midnight in the big city
At the bar drinking all on my own
Just thinking about that girl and me
How something’s going wrong

Seven beers and still sober
It’s time to change to something stronger
I cannot take this scene no longer
She could have told me it’s all over

Back in my home town
The old place is still the same
But time can cast a spell over something
You can’t go back again

It’s just love or rejection
For this borderline case

No shit, Phil.  I feel ya.  And from Old Flame:

Once this flame it did brightly blaze
Among the ashes there still remains
A glowing spark in my heart
For that old flame of mine

Dude, that’s what I mean.  Old crushes can sometimes die hard (with a vengeance?) .  OK, that was weak.

Then the sarcastic tone of Don’t Believe a Word:

Don’t believe me if I tell you
That I wrote this song for you
There might be some other silly pretty girl
I’m singing it to

Don’t believe me if I tell you
Not a word of this is true
Don’t believe me if I tell you
Especially if I tell you that I’m in love with you

The man…a lot of it is in how he sings it too.  Such a unique vocalist.

Then you have Fool’s Gold.  The romantic notion of leaving your homeland in hopes of finding gold, only to end up with fool’s gold.  Oddly the song takes some odd lyrical turns and tells some other stories that don’t seem so related to the initial subject, but it’s still a great tune.

Then…Massacre.  This song rules.  It’s very metal for 1976.  Iron Maiden did an incredible cover of this.

The song Johnny, Rocky and Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed and are 3 great rocking tunes as well.  Rounding it out is Sweet Marie.  A nice little love song about missing his woman while he’s out on the road.

If you’re even mildly a Thin Lizzy fan, this is one album that needs to be in your collection.

Enjoy the tunes.

RIP Phil.

Written by The Metal Files

July 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm