TAETRE - THE ART - EMANZIPATION/DIEHARD
How on gore-infested earth Sweden exports so many competent metal bands is always a source of amazement. Little doubt that one major factor is a cultural domino effect which is responsible not only for the increase in the quantity of metal, but more importantly responsible for the high quality of such bands. Beginning with a great cover art and replenished with a crushing sound courtesy of King Diamond man La Rocque, the southern Swedes display both a maturity and a firm grasp of what constitutes good metal beyond their discography of one album. Despite the album title tingling my doubt lobes, following a suitable intro called Entrance 666, the band kicks down the gates with opening track My Lament and it is instantly clear that the quartet is the stuff of metal dreams. The vocals vary between growls and regular singing and accompany entreatingly diverse metal guitaring years more powerful than some bands with three albums. The Gothenburg quartet presents an obvious Dissection, At The Gates, et al influence, but adds thrash and heavy metal influences to the best effect and ultimately delivers one hell of a successful speed metal album. Taetre proves that creativity and power are both alive and kicking on the metal scene in 1998. - Ali "The Metallian"
TAETRE - DIVINE MISANTHROPIC MADNESS - MIGHTY
One can not help but think of Dimmu Borgir's Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia after seeing the title of the new Taetre album. Worry not, for Taetre hasn't changed styles. In fact, the Swedes have maintained their thrash metal execution. The difference is that while the band would be more explicit with its influences in the past, they outsource less on this release.
The album kicks off with an eerie intro - not the only one on the CD - and from there it is fairly legitimate thrashing. The band also inserts some odd synthesizer interlude and yelled regular vocals here and there. The riffs, generally, are infused with some offbeat atmosphere. The quartet is not one to shy away from melody. Pathetic/Organic's backbone is a Death riff. The album's average song length is quite short and so the band fits twelve tracks into its presentation. Listeners may also listen for guest appearances by King Diamond's Andy La Rocque and Transport League's Tony Jelencovich. who also have co-produced the album alongside the band.
One can not be certain if the cover character is the band's idea of humour. Either way the character resembles the crossing of a Dimmu Borgir member with the characters from the movie Dark City.