Woe Of Tyrants
Threnody


3.0
good

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
April 12th, 2010 | 75 replies | 12,291 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Essentially, it's just more of what made Kingdom of Might so good to begin with.

Woe of Tyrants offer a fairly interesting, unique deal as a band for this type of Swedish-deviant styling: uplifting, well-played, American melodic death metal – emphasis placed on the American part. Last year saw the Ohio quintet peaking early on in the market of brazen guitar slingers and sore-throat growlers with Kingdom of Might, a sophomore release more intent on strengthening the band’s blend of fairly technical melodic sounds that were first heard on label-grabber Behold The Lion than actually moving the band ahead of US peers Darkest Hour and The Absence. Optimistic critics raved that Woe of Tyrants were young and housed a stockpile of brewing potential, following up positive write-ups with lines like ‘the next album is sure to be knockout!’. The scoffers, in turn, filtered the band’s promising, if generic distortion mix as a run-of-the-mill, years-old recipe that’s already decaying in its grave and is better left as it currently is: dead. I, sitting somewhere nicely in the middle, said the album was great and left it at that, expecting no more from third album Threnody than what I had gotten with Kingdom of Might.

I wasn’t disappointed. Threnody masks a depressive lyrical message more weighty than that of the championing and hopeful Kingdom of Might with, essentially, the same sonic elements – along with a few production touch-ups to center and well-round things a bit. Vocalist Chris Catanzaro, once again, stands on top of everything instrumental as he did in the past outing; this time, though, throwing reminiscing, growling thoughts of happier times with enough passion and agonized sentiment that he could be easily mistaken for the common death stereotype of an evil and bloody hell raiser. The main emphasis here, actually, despite a move that seemingly favors Catanzaro in the mix, is the work of guitarists Nick Dozer and Matt Kincaid. The duo spin speedy, technical guitar mazes that fall a fair bit below the line of such blistering masters like The Faceless’ Steve Jones or Michael Keene, true, but still stand a head taller than the work of Darkest Hour. The fairly infectious guitar melodies of Kingdom of Might are here as well. However, as was the rule of the day for that album, Catanzaro’s melodies often feel spottily thrown on top of the work of Dozer and Kincaid, rather than seemingly flowing concisely and smoothly with the pair.

Despite an at times questionable integration of vocal melodies, Woe of Tyrants seem to still have a knack for crafting an album that flows almost too well as a whole. Points of distinguished interest are hard to come by on Threnody - with possibly the title track, Egyptian-vibe interlude “The Venus Orbit”, and ultimate-closer “Descendit Ad Inferos (The Harrowing Of Hell)” standing out from the bunch. This makes for an experience that works best as a straight-through, forty-minute listening session, as tracks one-four, six, eight, and nine merely throw slight deviations in their vocal and guitar melodies to distinguish themselves from one another. Still, one can’t argue with how well everything fits on Threnody for Woe of Tyrants. The band are seemingly able to experiment with different time signatures – see “Descendit Ad Indferos” – varying tempos, a few keyboard touches, and a fine-played, dual-guitar element to give us another release that replicates a lot of what made Kingdom of Might so great to begin with. That being said, progression would liked to be heard and seen from Woe of Tyrants in the future to this rumored peak of greatness; but as for now, however, Threnody does well in acting as a proper interlude piece to whatever the band have to offer in the future - which is an album that is presumably better, if the hyperbolic critics are to be believed.



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Ponton
Emeritus
April 12th 2010



5775 Comments


out the 13th, not the 14th. had to fix that

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

Emim
April 12th 2010



26205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2010



17130 Comments


YAY! now i don't have to do this

Digging: LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye

bloozclooz
April 12th 2010



1770 Comments


Nice review. Album is a bore though

GenNarain
April 12th 2010



781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review. I'm gonna have to get this.

Ponton
Emeritus
April 12th 2010



5775 Comments


Thanks

YAY! now i don't have to do this


didn't know if you were or not, you rec' me their last one so i guessed you might

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2010



30320 Comments


Swedish-deviant styling

Win, and a pos

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2010



17130 Comments


you might want to re-write "state peers" to something else a little clearer since at first I was about to yell at you since DH is from DC and the absence are from Florida but I got what you were saying.

Ponton
Emeritus
April 12th 2010



5775 Comments


Thanks deviant, and yeah, that's probably a good idea, thanks. fixed.

cvlts
April 13th 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so this or kingdom of might?

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Ponton
Emeritus
April 13th 2010



5775 Comments


You wouldn't go too wrong with either. The lyrical subjects of this are a little more depressive, and the production is a bit different, but they share a lot in common.

Wizard
April 13th 2010



18799 Comments


Read somewhere that this album was boring. Your review has me swaying the other way. That Barren Earth band is good and I believe a few people said it wasn't my thing.

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Ponton
Emeritus
April 13th 2010



5775 Comments


I'm pretty positive that you would hate this, wizard.

I'm glad that you are liking Barren Earth though. I guess Dan Swano must have made it bearable for you haha

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2010



8223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Originally asked Adam to do this, but hell, this review is great, so he's right, he doesn't even have to (you still could though, Adam!)

Will get to this shortly. Just my lack of free time has prevented me from checking out anythng new during the last week.

bloc
April 13th 2010



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is just almost a continuation of Kingdom of Might, both are very similar sounding.

Therefore,

Album rooooooolz

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AggravatedYeti
April 13th 2010



7684 Comments


mmeettullzzz

review was a good read as usual.

WhiteWallStargazers
April 13th 2010



2647 Comments


Gonna have to check this out . . Kingdom of Might is great

ianjulian
April 13th 2010



612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is SUPER

Ponton
Emeritus
April 13th 2010



5775 Comments


Thanks yeti. I'd like to see these guys deviate a little next time around.

Title track to this is killer

jingledeath
April 13th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

boring boring album



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