Released: 2010, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Formed in 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Alas, Tyranny, this 5-piece metal act set a musical standard for themselves from the very start that takes more than just a couple of rehearsal sessions to make it sound the way they make it sound on their self-released debut full-length album, titled DOMINATION LIBERATION PURIFICATION.
Alas, Tyranny´s metal is a combination of many different ingredients: First of all, it´s thoroughly symphonic sounding, with huge horizon-painting atmospheres, cracking, target hitting, sharp riffs and blistering solos, keyboard-driven feasts of intriguing melodies, an unmatched interplay of savage black/death metal snarls and growls and bright and operatic female vocals – building up a pretty good and impressive wholeness to catch a few pair of extra ears for their side for sure.
Listening to their very promising debut album, one can tell right away that their influences vary, and several different band names seem to pop up out from their songs when spinning it through; from Cradle of Filth to Dimmu Borgir to Eternal Tears of Sorrow to Ensiferum to Dissection to Wintersun to Cannibal Corpse to any other metal act that has actually put some effort into their complicated and technically advanced song structures, rather than concentrating on finding a shortcut for a more simplified and stripped down result.
The execution of their songs is overall near a pretty flawless level – and they seem to be capable of keeping their symphonic-tinged black/death metal somewhat challenging all the time, which is nothing but a great thing, of course. Getting as strong and mature sounding an album recorded as they have done on their debut record, only makes a promise about their chances to break through a little bit more in the future – and eventually make an impact on people they already would deserve judging by the quality material on D.L.P. Along with proper promotion and stuff, with enough good luck, I think there´s a chance we´ll hear much more about Alas, Tyranny in the coming months. In the meantime, you may want to check this album out.