Album: In Another Time
Label: Metal Blade Records
Location: New York
FFO: Molly Hatchet, Blue Oyster Cult, Fleetwood Mac
At first listen, you might think that Tanith is just an unknown rock band from the mid 1970s. In Another Time kicks off with a ‘70s riff that bleeds of Molly Hatchet and the smell of a fresh pressed vinyl, but you are soon to be shocked when you realize that this is of 2019. The first track “Citadel (Galantia Part 1,” is like a ride back into the ‘70s with female vocals, sharp snares, and lead guitar that guides the way. In Another Time is full of riffs, fantasy lyrics, and a nod to the ‘70s bands that shaped the way for rock. There are not many bands that achieve this appreciation without being a cover band, but Tanith carves their own name in rock.
In Another Time balances out long and short tracks throughout the album. It splits up two parts to “Galantia” so it has that storytelling feel native to vinyl. Storytelling is something that many bands have gotten away from, but In Another Time feels as if it is intended for a listening party. The album is one that you might need to listen to a few times to really catch all those lyrics, riffs, and details. The lyrics definitely have some fantasy elements and mentions of gods and goddesses. Even the name, Tantith, comes from the occult. My favorite part of this album was “Under the Stars (Reprise).” The endings of albums are so important. If a band doesn’t wrap up the lose ends, the listeners aren’t satisfied. Ending an album should feel like closing a book. “Under the Stars (Reprise)” reminds me very much of how Fleetwood Mac ended Rumours. There isn’t really anything that I didn’t like tin this album. There were parts that I zoned out and got lost in, but that isn’t exactly a bad thing either.
The ‘70s were a great era for rock that have been mythologized for decades. It was a golden period when long-haired rockers went on guitar solo tangents and lyrics of mystery and fantasy. Rock has taken a step away from that and focused on other musical elements. Tanith walks on that edge of ‘70s and our own time. There are moments, that if you didn’t know, you might actually think you were listening to a ‘70s album. There are also moments that feel in the now. What makes this album unique is that you do have to listen to it with an open mind and remember that there was a point in music history that rock ruled without sub-genres.
Star Rating: 9/10
Strongest Song: “Cassini’s Deadly Plunge”