30 Years Ago: TIAMAT release Sumerian Cry

Daily Noise - / 2020

30 Years Ago: TIAMAT release Sumerian Cry

We have changed our name to TIAMAT because it does really fit our lyrics better. The Satanic image is to keep the Unholy Black Metal alive. Some people (in fact, alot of people) want to kill it but early Venom, Possessed, Destruction, Slayer, Sodom will forever live on in our minds!!! Our image is a tribute to the good old black metal!!!

Released on this day in 1990, the classic debut TIAMAT (formerly TREBLINKA) album, Sumerian Cry!

This record is absolutely essential for fans of the modern occult death metal revival, the late eighties / early nineties Swedish death metal scene (Sumerian Cry was released a few days after ENTOMBED's Left Hand Path), and of course anyone interested in early black metal (SODOM, SARCOFAGO, ROOT etc.)! A completely possessed album musically, great drumming, some avant-garde flourishes hinting at their future material, and amazing bestial vocals!

That deep, hollow, inhuman voice echoed...


The label that released Sumerian Cry - C.M.F.T. Productions - was based in Bury St. Edmunds, a town just down the road from us. Between 1988 and 1990 they released several LPs, CDs and tapes. The majority of their releases were UK and European thrash (XYSTER, SNYPER, PENDEMIA).

After the recording, "Sumerian Cry" got released by CMFT, a record company in England. The album barely got any attention when it was released. I think CMFT was already as good as bankrupt when the album came out. We never did any promotion for it, I can't remember that we even did a single interview for it or that even a single ad was placed in a magazine for it. ENTOMBED and CARNAGE were much more lucky because their record company really stood behind them.

Jörgen "Juck" Thullberg / Treblinka interview, Voices from the Darkside