Thursday, April 15, 2010

Woe Of Tyrants - Threnody (2010)

Their style lends itself to a level of brutality and heaviness present in bands like Children Of Bodom and Amon Amarth - their heaviness lies in melody and not in the amount of times the open E-string is chugged. These songs will put a smile on your face as opposed to a grimace. The individual performances on Threnody are nothing short of impressive. Matt Kincaid and Nick Dozer combine to unleash a relentless twin guitar attack that is composed of as much razor wire sharp leads as it is of heavy artillery grooves. The lead guitar onslaught is bolstered further by Dustie Waring from BTBAM's guest solo on Venom Eye. Bassist Shaun Gunter is a recent addition to the lineup, but his performance, both on the record and live, is so tight that it would lead you to believe that he's been playing with the band since the beginning. Johnny Roberts' drumming is stronger than ever and pushes the technicality to a level that will be insanely fun to watch live. Vocalist Chris Catanzaro's delivery is as caustic as ever, mixed with a bit more diversity than previous efforts; see: Tempting The Wretch. Combine the band's stellar performances and their superb songwriting and you'll find that while listening to Threnody, head banging will be mandatory. Though the true art of the "album" can almost be counted as lost in this digital age, there are lyrical themes throughout the album that tell a story. This album will surprise those familiar with our band, and hopefully surpass any preconceived notions of those who are listening to us for the first time. If you have expectations for this record to sound like our last two albums, it doesn't. Well, a little like the others, as we still prefer playing leads over doing breakdowns, and we still wish we were Wintersun or Decapitated. But for the most part, this record is new territory for us and we are excited to unleash it."