As you scream into the web of silence...
I have many more thoughts I need to sit down and write out, but I do think that Stigmata is the last good Tarot album. Everything else is disappointing.
Here’s my thing: I’ve only heard these albums (bar the debut) once, so time might be kinder than I feel right now. But what I liked about The Spell of Iron and To Live Forever is how the band could hang loose and jam out songs together. They sound like they’re having fun. Stigmata added in a serious and more progressive side to their music and it feels like we’re building towards something big for the band. But instead the subsequent albums gradually become nothing more than modern metal releases and while the band is still having fun, I’m left underwhelmed because of what could have been. There are individually strong songs on there, and you may like it more than I, but they became way less interesting as soon as they started becoming more like Nightwish. Marko is still awesome though.That's super depressing considering I've been pretty disappointed with everything up to Stigmata, too.
This might be the worst album just because I remember almost nothing except for PAINLESS PAINLESS PAINLESS…Painless gets some points for being experimental, but acoustic country blues, 808 loops, and regular metal shouting just don't make any sense together…what a weird fucking song to end this album.
It’s really truly bad.This might be the worst album just because I remember almost nothing except for PAINLESS PAINLESS PAINLESS…
My top 3 is Stigmata, The Spell of Iron, and To Live Forever. I really don’t care about the rest. TLF is bloated, sure, but Marko sounds great on there, I love the way the keyboards interact with the guitar, and the bangers on there are great. “Color of Your Blood” in particular, but also “Guardian Angel” is goofy in a super fun way.So far, other than the ridiculously poorly recorded debut, To Live Forever is bottom of the barrel for me. Too much bloat and not much good. All the other records up to this point have higher highs.
If Marko is a Viking, then Tommi is a scarecrow. But not a scary one, actually I always think of Spud from Bob the Builder when he sings lol.new singer Tommi Salmela does a decent job on the second verse (though I see absolutely no fucking reason why Tarot would recruit an additional lead singer, especially one who sounds like a B-league Marko).
Based on how I feel right now, this one is a contender for their best song overall (alongside “Stigmata (I Feel for You)” and “Wings of Darkness”). That chorus is fucking outstanding. I think Tarot have a similar problem to Metallica, though, in that they don’t know when enough is enough and their transitions are often awkward. The first time I heard this song I was blown away, then when I actually played it as part of the album I was like “god this thing goes on forever”, and now playing it again just by itself it’s still really cool. I think they may be a band where the songs are better outside the contexts of the album than within.Ashes to the Stars has pretty stock riffs but awesome vocals, even though, again, half of those vocals are not Marko. WTF guys? Anyway, we've got more creepy verses and a big, melodic chorus plus a cool breakdown and solo.
Absolutely. He's perched high up there, singing with the birds but having the literal depth of straw.If Marko is a Viking, then Tommi is a scarecrow. But not a scary one, actually I always think of Spud from Bob the Builder when he sings lol.
Their whole Floor era career is just so disappointing. They get Floor in the band, the most versatile singer they've had, and release albums with less singing than ever and a lack of focus on catchiness. Then they lose Marko and have now decided to (at least temporarily) be a studio band, even though Floor is the absolute best live performer they've ever had.Yeah, very odd. But fuck it, there’s nothing wrong with being a studio band. The Beatles released their best work after they stopped touring.
Of course it has to do with Floor’s family, whether that’s the sole reason or not