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No Man's Sky: The Metal Version - 80%

raspberrysoda, August 29th, 2016

If this album could be compared to a video game, it would've definitely been No Man's Sky. Both Tulikaste and the video game are space-influenced, with both inducing an outer spacial atmosphere. Once you've hit the start button on both, you know that in that moment you've left the planet to explore the unknown stars- because both are relatively new, and although one is pretty much unknown among its targeted circle (the metal audience) the other is pretty much known among sci fi gamers. Unfortunately, both share the same problem- although they have a very strong concept, both generate the same algorithm and start being very repetitive.

Considering that this is a purely intrumental album, the music here itself isn't bad at all. The drums have a really cool part in the album, and the audible bass is very prominent too, but the most notable instruments are definitely the guitars and the synths. Yeah. Synths. They sound like they came straight from a sci fi movie soundtrack, and with the guitars which plod through the album, the album sounds promising so far. The problem here is that after an idea is used for too long, it loses of its strength and impact on the listener. Take the first song as an example - the same theme is used for the four minutes of a duration, with the slightest change bring the addition of the guitars- and the same goes to most of the tracks here. If the album's span was reduced by a half and the song themes weren't as overused, it would've certainly made this an even more fun listen than it actually is. Tulikaste is pretty much an extra terrestial rollercoaster of melodic bridge sections, sci-fi-ish "solos," and atmospheric ambient sections which really give you a feeling of floating outside of our atmosphere's range.

I really don't know what the band has achieved with releasing this full length, but if it was meant to be a soundtrack to a space-based video game, well done Tulitera. You just made the game soundtrack of the year, and with metal influences it's a double win for sure. Recommended for enthusiastic space-related video game fans who happen to like metal as well.