A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.
I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.
#50 Tempus Fusion – To End It All
This is a prog metal album that really surprised me with its fresh and captivating sound. It has a dark, emotional atmosphere, heavy riffs and rolling drums, powerful vocals and interesting, unpredictable melodies. No filler songs and good songwriting. All that is needed to end up on my toplist of favourite albums.
#38 Tempus Fusion – Abandon All Hope
“As a modern Armageddon strips the world of its lifeline and plagues humanity with darkness…
All that’s left to do.. is abandon all hope”
Progressive metal is where my heart lies. When I find a prog metal album with a fresh and captivating sound, my heart skips a beat out of pure joy. This is what happened when I first listened to Tempus Fusion’s debut “To End It All” a couple of months ago. I would describe it as a mix between Gojira and Soilwork due to their dark atmosphere blended with heavy riffs and rolling drums, powerful vocals and unpredictable melodies.
The band was formed in the UK in 2009, by the guitarist Tim Goatham, who is also a member of the symphonic metal band Season’s End. The album is self-released, with a crystal clear production and the total playtime is almost an hour, every song is over six minutes long. Perfect!
The first track, Abandon All Hope, is a great opener and one of my favourites, with memorable riffs and a great variety throughout the song. That is also the definition of the rest of the album; parts with crushingly heavy drums and guitars, strong melodies and dynamic songs that create an interesting listening experience. It never gets too much or too “out of control”, you can easily hear that these songs all belong on the same album. Many times the vocals sound as if they’re recorded from far away, which I feel has a major impact on the atmosphere of the music. The singer present a wide range of cleans and growls and has a voice that really suits this music style.
When listening I go through all kinds of different emotions and moods in the songs, starting with the intro speech full of fear and indifference. The first song continues into hopelessness and sadness, but at the same time I can’t help but feel happy because the music is beautiful and well written. The 22-minute title track To End It All is full of energy, and floats through dreams, anger and passion. Another track to pay special attention to is This Automated Nightmare, it’s stunning and fits perfectly after the long, heavy title track.
And they end it all with Mnemonic and The Predators Are Here, the heaviest songs on the album. It leaves me longing for more.
For fans of Devin Townsend, Scar Symmetry, Gojira, Soilwork and TesseracT