Tyrants of Chaos

"Relentless Thirst for Power" is a very good album, Tyrants of Chaos have again managed to engage and maintain their style. A must have for all fans of this genre.

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11/8/20223 min read

Band: Tyrants of Chaos

Title: Relentless Thirst for Power

Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal

Label: TOC Recordings

Release Date: August 19, 2022

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Tracklist:

1. T.O.C

2. The Black Gap

3. Mourning Sickness

4. Skull Crusher

5. Slay the Hostages

6. Red Rage

7. Nightmare Machine

8. Indocri-Nation

9. No Lives Matter

10. Lucky Dog

Lineup:

Phil Sirias – Vocals

Curtiss Vaselenak – Rhythm / Lead Guitar

Arik Wagner – Rhythm / Lead Guitar

Sean Simpson – Bass

Ryan Dyck – Drums

The original Canadian traditional Metal band Tyrants of Chaos released their fourth album entitled 'Relentless Thirst for Power' in August. Remaining faithful to the musical timbre of their previous works, the album displays the lingering attitude of classic British-style heavy metal with influences from Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Saxon.

First of all you have to turn the volume up and then all you have to do is enjoy a good record of healthy, iconic heavy metal.

The ten tracks on offer are therefore without a lot of frills, opening with an anthemic anthem, namely "T.O.C.", very convincing and with a strong metal brotherhood flavour, it is impossible not to be carried away by its power.

The second track "The Black Gap" is much more gritty, more NWOBHM oriented, excellent guitar and vocals with a rhythmic line that doesn't allow pauses, and if this track wasn't heavy enough for you, you'll go crazy with the very raw and straightforward sound of "Mourning Sickness", much more explosive and with an aggressive refrain, an evergreen that always manages to capture, beautiful guitars by Curtiss Vaselenak and Arik Wagner.

"Skull Crusher" is the fastest track with a very good melody, rhythmically it is also very rich and leaning if you like towards the old style of Megadeth.

With "Skull Crusher" it's back to the classic and with a lot of Maiden-esque probing, especially for the 'gallop', a beautiful track to listen to in one breath,

"Slay The Hostages" retains the old school style by intertwining melody with a burst of aggression and Phil Sirias' vocals become more aggressive, also a fine piece of work, as long as Tyrants Of Chaos still have something to prove to others; excellent the rhythm section with Sean Simpson on bass and Ryan Dyck on drum.

With 'Red Rage' we return to the metal style of Maiden and thus more anthemic, while with regard to the lyrics, it is a historically accurate depiction of the Battle of Bannockburn in a very atmospheric piece.

'Nightmare Machine' is the most progressive and melodic metal track, with multiple breakdowns and emotive vocals. A substantially different track from the rest of the album, and here the band expresses its diversity by doing it to the best of its ability.

"Indoctri-Nation" is a classic power metal song, not so much English but rather Teutonic, the tones maintain a good melody but it is the classicism of heavy metal that bursts forth in a major way, another good track to keep in mind.

"No Lives Matter" is slower ballad, although I do not like ballads, it must be said that the theme chosen for this piece is an intimate one based on the short existence of us all.

Closing this album is a crackling 'Lucky Dog', a fun 80s-style heavy rock with an infectious chorus.

"Relentless Thirst for Power" is a very good album, Tyrants of Chaos have again managed to engage and maintain their style. A must have for all fans of this genre.

I read in the notes that the band is crazy about cats, I had only listened to them on the first three albums and always liked them but, being the crazy cat lady that I am, I smiled and said to myself 'that's why I always liked them'!

Valeria Campagnale

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