Tothem are a band from Italy that plays a very melodic and symphonic form of gothic metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Beyond The Sea" which was released by Maple metal Records.
The album starts out with drum beats before going into a heavier direction which leads up to melodic vocals and electronic music sounds which leads to a more gothic metal direction and after a while spoken word samples and prog sounds are added into the music.
When the album goes into the next song keyboards are added into the music and become a part of the music along with the heavier sounds and at times more aggressive sounding vocals are utilized as well as the band bringing a lot more melody into the musical instruments and after awhile symphonic elements are brought into the music along with some power ballads as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
As the album progresses clean parts start getting mixed in with the heavier parts as well as a small amount of male vocals being added in at times as well as a small amount of more traditional sounding 80's gothic rock influences and on some songs acoustic guitars make their way onto the record.
With this album Tothem take the modern day gothic metal sound and bring back elements of traditional goth music as well as symphonic metal influences to create a truly heavy, dark and melancholic sounding album.
Song lyrics cover dark, depressive and witchcraft themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Tothem are a very great sounding melodic, symphonic gothic metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Run To You" "Light Of Soul" "The Witch" adn "Where the Angels Lie". 8/5 out of 10.