Music Reviews

Woe of Tyrants “Threnody”

Posted on Monday, May 10th, 2010 at 1:51PM by wrathchild
Woe of Tyrants “Threnody”Woe of Tyrants

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Format: CD
Year: 2010

01. Tetelestai (Intro)
02. Creatures of the Mire
03. Venom Eye
04. Tempting the Wretch
05. Threnody
06. Bloodsmear
07. The Venus Orbit [Instrumental]
08. Lightning Over Atlantis
09. Singing Surrender
10. Descendit Ad Inferos (The Harrowing of Hell)

The first thing that came to my mind when I started listening to Woe of Tyrants new album was how amazing the drum work sounded, Johnny Roberts really stepped it up for Threnody. In previous albums from Woe of Tyrants, I thought the drum work was good, but not on par with the guitar work, this album changed that opinion for me. Johnny brings an excellent mix of fast and rhythmic drumming that sets the tone for the shredding that you will find throughout the album. The rest of the band also brought the thrash metal sound that I have come to expect from Woe of Tyrants.

The album contains two instrumental tracks, a short one to begin the album and then later they throw you for a loop with a different sounding, Egyptian themed, instrumental that gives you a sense that these guys can play, not only fast, but technical. My personal favorite song on the album was Venom Eye which had some awesome soloing, excellent shredding, and a killer vocal track. The title track, which happens to be the longest on the album at 6:27 has the strongest vocal work and is the one that I would most like to hear live. The rest of the album is just as good with lots of tempo changes that will keep you entertained throughout.

Woe of Tyrants is an excellent metal band and they have released another strong album. There is a lot to discover with this album and it definitely warrants multiple listens in order to really appreciate the various sounds. Look for Woe of Tyrants to be touring this summer and pick up the new album Threnody. Until next time, Up the Irons!!!

Comments (1)

  1. Kempton wrote:
    May 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I definitely agree that Johnny (Rocket) Roberts’ contributions to this album, as a whole, is evident. He really stepped it up a notch and threw in some hefty bass bombs this time around.

    The writing, as always, really sets this album apart from the rest. I still think Chris Catanzaro’s writing is underrated. Sometimes metal heads are often thought of with ill regards to their grammar and writing capabilities, but Catanzaro continues to prove this theory wrong, or at least is the exception to the stereotype.

    The guitar work is some of the best we have seen from Woe of Tyrants, and when most didn’t see room for improvement, Kincaid and Dozer deliver big on Threnody.

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