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Woe Of Tyrants - "Threnody"

Metal Blade Records - April 13, 2010 - {Link to View Physical CD (front & back) added | Forth new song "Venom Eye" (feat. guitar solo by Dustie Waring of Between The Buried And Me) posted on MySpace}

April 13th, 2010


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Woe Of Tyrants - "Threnody"
Metal Blade Records (#14902) - April 13, 2010
 
01. Tetelestai [Instrumental] (1:13)
02. Creatures of the Mire (4:00)
03. Venom Eye (4:22)
(feat. guitar solo by Dustie Waring of Between The Buried And Me)
04. Tempting the Wretch (4:25)
05. Threnody (6:27)
06. Bloodsmear (4:38)
07. The Venus Orbit [Instrumental] (3:33)
08. Lightning Over Atlantis (4:24)
09. Singing Surrender (3:58)
10. Descendit Ad Inferos (The Harrowing of Hell) (3:55)

Total Playtime: 40:55
 
 
Matt Kincaid (guitar), Nick Dozer (guitar), Chris Catanzaro (vocals), Shaun Gunter (bass), Johnny Roberts (drums)
 
 
WOE OF TYRANTS - "Threnody" - Biography 2010
 
Ohio’s Woe Of Tyrants spent the entirety of 2009 criss-crossing the US on a multitude of tours. After the grueling schedule came to a close, you’d think they would, and most bands do, head home to relax and take some time off. Not Woe Of Tyrants. They immediately dove right into songwriting for Threnody, the follow-up to their sophomore album and Metal Blade debut, Kingdom Of Might. This time around, the guys have seriously turned up the shred-knob and have churned out an album chock-full of incredibly exhilarating and exciting songs. Their style lends itself to a level of brutality and heaviness present in bands like Children Of Bodom and Amon Amarth - their heaviness lies in melody and not in the amount of times the open E-string is chugged. These songs will put a smile on your face as opposed to a grimace. 

The individual performances on Threnody are nothing short of impressive. Matt Kincaid and Nick Dozer combine to unleash a relentless twin guitar attack that is composed of as much razor wire sharp leads as it is of heavy artillery grooves. The lead guitar onslaught is bolstered further by Dustie Waring from BTBAM’s guest solo on "Venom Eye." Bassist Shaun Gunter is a recent addition to the lineup, but his performance, both on the record and live, is so tight that it would lead you to believe that he’s been playing with the band since the beginning. Johnny Roberts’ drumming is stronger than ever and pushes the technicality to a level that will be insanely fun to watch live. Vocalist Chris Catanzaro’s delivery is as caustic as ever, mixed with a bit more diversity than previous efforts; see: "Tempting the Wretch." Combine the band’s stellar performances and their superb songwriting and you’ll find that while listening to Threnody, headbanging will be mandatory.

Though the true art of the "album" can almost be counted as lost in this digital age, there are lyrical themes throughout the album that tell a story. Catanzaro explains: "The album is entitled Threnody. Now for those of us who do not know what that word means right off hand (I had to look it up as I was reading a passage from Ralph Waldo Emerson long ago), a threnody is a song or hymn inspired by the grief of losing someone you love. The album tells a story of a non-specific individual traveling between planets searching for answers, while paralleling Satan’s fall from grace to damnation at the same time. We all experience a change at some point as we travel through life, albeit not of the same magnitude as Lucifer, that will render us either content, or disgusted. When disgust is the feeling, then we begin to miss our former self as if they were an entirely different person. I’d like to be clear that I’m not referring specifically to Christians, or Muslims, or Amish or whatever else the kids are doing these days. Threnody, as we are using it, is a story of grief over losing oneself. This album will surprise those familiar with our band, and hopefully surpass any preconceived notions of those who are listening to us for the first time. If you have expectations for this record to sound like our last two albums, it doesn’t. Well, a little like the others, as we still prefer playing leads over doing breakdowns, and we still wish we were Wintersun or Decapitated. But for the most part, this record is new territory for us and we are excited to unleash it."

Woe Of Tyrants, in their typical road-warrior fashion, will begin the touring campaign for Threnody with Overkill and Vader in April. This will be the first among many opportunities to see this band sonically rip apart venues. Don’t miss this band live! Threnody will be available everywhere on April 13th, 2010.

 


WOE OF TYRANTS - "Threnody" - Press Release 2010


Woe Of Tyrants spent the entirety of 2009 criss-crossing the US on a multitude of tours. After the grueling schedule came to a close, did they head home to rest and take some time off? NOPE! They dove right into songwriting for the follow-up to their sophomore album and Metal Blade debut, Kingdom Of Might. This time around, the guys have seriously turned up the shred-knob and churned out some of the most exciting songs we’ve heard swirling around the Metal Blade offices in quite some time. On this record, you’ll find equal parts speed, groove and over the top guitar soloing. Headbanging will be mandatory.

The new album, Threnody, will be released worldwide on April 13th while the band will be on the road with Overkill and Vader. The artwork and first track will be up on the band’s MySpace in the coming weeks. Before then, SiriusXM Liquid Metal listeners will be treated to an exclusive premiere of the first single, "Creatures of the Mire" on Friday, February 12th.

Vocalist Chris Catanzaro discusses the themes of Threnody:

“Well 2009 proved to be a monstrous one for Woe of Tyrants. It was a year of accomplishing goals such as releasing our debut Metal Blade album, touring with bands we’ve grown up listening to, and meeting thousands of awesome people all over the country. As we embark into 2010, our goals have shifted up a few gears. We have a brand baby spankin’ new record that we finished recording at the end of 2009 with Jamie King producing, and to embrace the cliché "this is the most epic brutal stuff we’ve ever done and we’re stoked on it!" The album is entitled Threnody. Now for those of us who do not know what that word means right off hand (I had to look it up as I was reading a passage from Ralph Waldo Emerson long ago), a threnody is a song or hymn inspired by the grief of losing someone you love. The album tells a story of a non-specific individual traveling between planets searching for answers, while paralleling Satan’s fall from grace to damnation at the same time. We all experience a change at some point as we travel through life, albeit not of the same magnitude as Lucifer, that will render us either content, or disgusted. When disgust is the feeling, then we begin to miss our former self as if they were an entirely different person. I’d like to be clear that I’m not referring specifically to Christians, or Muslims, or Amish or whatever else the kids are doing these days. Threnody, as we are using it, is a story of grief over losing oneself. This album will surprise those familiar with our band, and hopefully surpass any preconceived notions of those who are listening to us for the first time. If you have expectations for this record to sound like our last two albums, it doesn’t. Well, a little like the others, as we still prefer playing leads over doing breakdowns, and we still wish we were Wintersun or Decapitated. But for the most part, this record is new territory for us and we are excited to unleash it.

We have a huge touring schedule kicking off in the spring, preceded by some regional shows in February as a part of the "Metal as Art" tour with Hypno5e, Starring Janet Leigh and Fallen Martyr. At the end of March, we leave on the KILLFEST tour which features Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer and Evile. We couldn’t be happier about being involved with such an epic tour, and to join Overkill on their 25th anniversary tour is truly an honor. Much love!"
 
 
WOE OF TYRANTS
Metal As Art Tour with Hypno5e, Starring Janet Leigh, Fallen Martyr

02/18 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
02/19 E Lansing, MI @ Oades Hidden Camel
02/20 Grand Rapids, M @ The Break Room
02/23 Marion, OH @ Liq’r Bar
End Tour
02/27 Chillicothe, OH @ The Swanky Goat
02/28 Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter


OVERKILL’S KILLFEST 2010 25th Anniversary
Tour with Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile

04/01 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
04/02 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
04/03 Hartford, CT @ Webster Hall
04/07 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
04/08 Detroit, MI @ Blondies
04/09 Chicago, IL @ The Metro
04/10 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
04/11 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
04/13 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
04/16 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/17 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/18 San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
04/19 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
04/20 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
04/21 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
04/22 Phoenix, AZ @ O.K.’s
04/23 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
04/24 Farmington, NM @ Gators
04/25 Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
04/26 Austin, TX @ Emu’s
04/27 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
04/28 Dallas, TX @ Trees
04/29 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
04/30 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
05/01 New York City, NY @ Nokia Theater Times Square

 



 
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