Woe Of Tyrants
Kingdom of Might


3.5
great

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
December 9th, 2009 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Woe Of Tyrants bring a message of hope amidst the melodic chaos.

Arriving from the state of Ohio, Woe Of Tyrants have brought with them their second proper album, Kingdom Of Might. With this album, the band have promised to deliver an uplifting message amidst the chaos of a melodic death metal sound. The band turn out to be quite competent and skillful when it comes to their instruments – sections of this album border the technical side of the genre – and what’s more, the band members are young themselves - each member averaging only twenty-one years of age. If the band choose to stay together, we can expect great things from the quintet in the future.

The United States has always had a sketchy history when it comes to the production of melodic death metal within its territory; excluding outliers such as Darkest Hour, most bands that originate in the country tend to merely replicate the more popular and talented bands of Sweden and Finland and fail to create very much in the terms of originality. Well such is not the case with Woe Of Tyrants, and as this album will demonstrate, there is indeed untapped talent to be found in the free states.

The album starts out forebodingly enough with the instrumental drumming of “Jesu Juva”. The piece closes on a riff born of stringed instruments; on top of which, “Soli Deo Gloria” then proceeds to enter. The track is comprised of the majority of the elements listeners will find throughout this album: melodic riffs, growled vocals, and sporadic tempo changes; as alluded to above, the work of guitarists Adam Routte and Matt Kincaid often borders the more guitar-technical side of the genre.

Being that this is melodic death metal, vocal melody does hold a certain place within in the music. The growls and snarls of Chris Catanzard are varied in timbre when it comes to a particular high or low range – he switches between the two seamlessly - and suffice it to say, his chops are serviceable and competent for the music, quickly bringing to mind the famous fathers overseas. The vocalist’s best moments, however, are found in the melodies of “Break The Fangs of The Wicked” - one particular line of: ”Of those who won’t fight, of those who can’t fight” is sure to remain in the minds of listeners – and in the call-response dynamic he incorporates in “Sounding Jerusalem”, where he displays his command range for a positive effect.

The lyrics of the album are actually an interesting subject. Assuming a listener has known nothing about the band beforehand, one listen to Kingdom Of Might may have left the impression that the band were out to rage a brutal and violent war as many other bands in the genre have done so in the past. Well to be honest, a war is indeed being raged here – albeit a defensive war – and the band prove to be quite skilled when it comes to hiding hopeful and uplifting messages within the lyrics:”Pray for cleansing and wisdom in dark times, even when it doesn't shine, but it burns with light”...”Father of dreams, pick up the broken wings; and fill the spaces, where fallen saints are lacking, bring us visions, visions of our true home””Cry out Samson, see without eyes. Cry out Samson, see without eyes. In all winds, seek anchor, the storm will soon be still,” all of which are just examples among many. Given the hopeful messages amidst the chaos and the many references to biblical characters and events, I wouldn’t be surprised if the members were indeed Christians themselves.

Kingdom Of Might is a great piece of melodic death metal. The instrumentals are suitable for the music, and these can only be improved upon with more time and practice. Woe Of Tyrants prove that the States aren’t devoid of promising melodic death metal bands, and what’s more, they establish that bands with a hopeful message and can make great music in this genre do happen to exist. Being as this is only the young band’s second album, and a great one at that, I’m excited to see what the future holds from these boys from Ohio.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponton
Emeritus
December 9th 2009


5819 Comments


I guess I can thank Adam for recommending this to me. The album's great and definitely needed a review.

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

WhiteWallStargazers
December 9th 2009


2647 Comments


Good band

bloc
December 9th 2009


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

BRO, you always find a way to lift me up ;)

album forking owns.

asdemonsburn
December 9th 2009


793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Finally a review for this album, it rules. Top 10 of 2009 I think

Ponton
Emeritus
December 10th 2009


5819 Comments


Not sure I would place it in my personal top 10, but it definitely is a great album.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2009


17231 Comments


catchy as all get out

Ponton
Emeritus
December 10th 2009


5819 Comments


It is, and the kind that doesn't get old easily either. Thanks for the recommendation in that list.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2009


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review, I will get this.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 10th 2009


5819 Comments


Thanks man, I was afraid people might look over this. It's definitely up there with Be'lakor and Insomnium for 2009's best melodic death release - well, that I've listened to anyway.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2009


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you need to give Dark Age's new album a go. It's sooooooooo catchy. I have no idea how they made it this catchy, but when you start listening to it, you can't stop haha

Ponton
Emeritus
December 11th 2009


5819 Comments


Alright, I'm giving some tracks on Youtube a listen.

Yeah, this album doesn't fall into the catchy side of the genre if that makes since. The melodic aspect is more hidden like in Be'lakor or Autumn Leaves. Have you ever listened to Darkest Hour?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2009


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah I have their new album. I just don't rate much stuff for some reason/forget to do it

bloc
December 11th 2009


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^and now we have the reason why this loser has only 240 ratings ;)

Ponton
Emeritus
December 11th 2009


5819 Comments


Nah, I wasn't a fan of their newer album. Be sure to check out Deliver Us.

CaptainMorgan13
February 7th 2010


118 Comments


they kick ass live

zaruyache
March 8th 2010


7417 Comments


The melodies in Break the Fangs of the Wicked are very good, I'm going to have to definitely check this band out later.

Great review, too.

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

OllieS
June 25th 2010


2037 Comments


This album makes me feel like I'm going to fucking war

ABR157
July 2nd 2010


146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, absolutely love this album

Emim
July 2nd 2010


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good musikz

jake20589
August 11th 2010


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

solid.



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