Thou
Tyrant


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2011 | 96 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aided by a ‘crusty’ production Thou have released a commendable effort in the face of an ever changing metal scene.

Many ‘elitists’ will see Thou as a “dream come true”. The sound is raw and uncompromising. From guitar to vocal lines, listeners will enjoy track after track of some gripping sludge infested metal with a production to match the foreboding music that has been created. This will not be the heaviest album of all time, and is in no way what is being attempted by the now veterans. For listeners this album should simply be taken as is and not what it could be.

As far as the music goes Thou have done what a lot of other metal bands are incapable of. That is they know when to tone it down and bring it back a notch. There is balance that affirms the quality of music and maintains the listeners’ interest. This balance can also be noticed in the music behind the turmoil of screeched vocal lines and also in the lyrical themes. Themes of war, politics, grief and anger are all prominent here but are not added mindlessly adding to the depth of the album and matching with its dark themes. Pounding riffs are in high supply throughout the length of the album but are also swapped with some interesting leads and melodic phrases that break the pattern nicely without sounding over done or out of place. The title track is an excellent example of what the album as a whole. The track itself is diverse and unpredictable, mixing heavy with intensity, light with dark, and melody intertwined appropriately. Thou do not simply create an album without thought and their music is better appreciated when listened to with thought. Many will know that the doom/sludge genre is not for those without patience.

Another highlight of Tyrant includes ‘With a Cold, Life Extinguishing Elegance’. On an album where balance is important there is a certain atmosphere created, one that will either benefit the end product or lose some of the initial effect created by other tracks. Here the first option is ultimately achieved. Crunching dissonant guitar tones that are layered underneath a dark melodic lead help reinforce the dark themes and the bands raw sound. This is even before the obvious element of the screeched, and occasionally growled vocal phasing that literally put the icing on the cake. When all of this is combined, the atmospheric values of the album really stand out.

Ultimately it’s the listener that benefits from Thou’s writing style. It is well thought about, contains both the ‘heavy’ and ‘melodic’ that most metal heads look for. Most importantly ‘Tyrant’ has a balance level that rivals many others. The atmosphere that is shown here helped by the overall production and its raw sound gives benefit to the dark themes being presented to the listener and manages to represent a genre almost perfectly. Tyrant should be on many metal fans playlists and rightly so. Aside from a few simplistic dragging moments there is not too much to be disappointed with.



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AfterTheBreakdown
June 23rd 2011


7173 Comments


Nice easy to read review! Pos'd seems pretty cool.

Hawks
June 23rd 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You have a few awkward sentences here and there, but still pretty well written overall. Album rules.

someguest
June 23rd 2011


21390 Comments


i got something crusty for ya

Digging: Pet Shop Boys - Please

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys,

@hawks, that might just flow through my writing as i'm still pretty awkward with the genre. Feel free to point all my sh*t out. lol

WeepingBanana
June 23rd 2011


10217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just listened to this a few days ago. it was pretty cool

Hawks
June 23rd 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Light with dark, and melody intertwined appropriately.

Doesn't really stand too well on its own. You should add that to the sentence before it.
The sound is raw and uncompromising from guitar to vocal lines listeners will enjoy track after track of some gripping sludge infested metal with a production to match the foreboding music that has been created.

End the sentence after 'uncompromising' and start a new one with 'From' then add a comma after 'lines.'
When all of this is combined the atmospheric values of the album really stand out.

Add a comma after 'combined.'

Those are just a few things I noticed. Might help it read a little better.


NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers Hawks, yeah i could actually see that work a lot better, i'll get to editing right away.

Hawks
June 23rd 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problem man. Always glad to help.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Edited.....

dimsim3478
June 23rd 2011


5413 Comments


Pos'd, man.

Digging: Full Of Hell and Merzbow - Full Of Hell & Merzbow

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


8946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like this album :] but I feel their other albums edge this one

Hawks
June 23rd 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to hear their other stuff.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Currently searching through eBay to find some hard copies of the others, either the Australian page sucks or computers don't like me.

alachlahol
June 23rd 2011


7515 Comments


this review makes no sense at all and youre just making shit up with regard to their lyrical themes because theres no mention of war or politics throughout this entire album

TheSpirit
June 23rd 2011


18001 Comments


I feel like this review is just saying "they are heavy but melodic too!" over and over again

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

alachlahol
June 23rd 2011


7515 Comments


Ultimately it’s the listener that benefits from Thou’s writing style. It is well thought about, contains both the ‘heavy’ and ‘melodic’ that most metal heads look for.

alachlahol
June 23rd 2011


7515 Comments


this guy probably listens to in flames and dark tranquility all day with that logic

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Neither and no.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


16482 Comments


The flow of this review is atrocious and there are several grammar mistakes. It seems like you go to write a sentence that has some substance but you don't know how to punctuate it, so instead you cut it off at some really awkward point with a period and spill the remainder of the thought over to the following sentence.

Thou do not simply create an album without thought and their music is better appreciated when listened to with thought.


What?

alachlahol
June 23rd 2011


7515 Comments


On an album where balance is important there is a certain atmosphere created, one that will either benefit the end product or lose some of the initial effect created by other tracks. Here the first option is ultimately achieved.


couldnt have described balance better myself



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