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Album Review

The kings of Chillicothe, OH death metal’s third full-length (and second for Metal Blade) growls, howls, stops, and starts like any good death metal album should. Guitarists Matt Kincaid and Nick Dozer slap down some truly impressive (as in take the listeners to school) riffs and leads in between all of the cacophonous, metalcore-infused math breakdowns and jackhammer crescendos, but Woe of Tyrants' modus operandi is clearly informed by the classics. Threnody’s slick production represents only a slight deviation from 2009’s Kingdom of Might, which should please metal fans with a penchant for the progressive. Every double-kick, dual lead, and orchestral vista is singularly audible, resulting in an odd, sort of clear-headed wave of brutality that works more times than not (think Dark Tranquillity without the reverb). Standout cuts like “Creatures of the Mire,” “Bloodsmear,” and the nearly seven-minute title cut (which skillfully blends vintage Iron Maiden melodies with the sonic assault of Coalesce) feel honed, tarred and feathered.

Customer Reviews

These guys are great

I saw WOT @ bogarts in Cincy, they blew all the rest of the bands away. Their new CD is a masterpiece. Buy it, steal it, do whatever to get your hands on this Masterpiece.

Woe of Tyrants - Threnody

Woe of Tyrants have done it again. A creative, mind-blowing album for metal fans everywhere. I don't know how anyone who appreciates metal couldn't give this at least four stars. Every facet of metal can be seen in this album, from death to extreme to speed and classic metal, there's something in here for everone to enjoy. The title track is quite possibly my favorite - I'm a sucker for gorgeous intro's. Bloodsmear is really good, too. Imagine if Dragonforce finally grew a pair, and you get Bloodsmear. Creatures of the Mire (listening to it now, actually) is really good, a bit of an Eastern flair to some of the riffs, and Descendit Ad Inferos (The Harrowing of Hell) is a perfect closer to the album. Just buy the whole thing, if you have the money. It's really an excellent album all in all, but if you can only get a few songs, the ones I listed are my personal favorites, and I'd recommend those. God bless!

punch ur grandma

great cd, Woe of Tyrants delivers again. way to go guys, buy it...then see if it makes sense for you to punch your grandma!!!!!!!


Formed: 2004 in Chillicothe, Ohio

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Chillicothe, OH-based progressive death metal quintet Woe of Tyrants formed in 2004 around the talents of vocalist Chris Catanzaro, bassist Shaun Gunter, drummer Johnny Roberts, and guitarists Matt Kincaid and Nick Dozer. Equal parts late-'80s thrash (Testament, Dark Angel) and modern Scandinavian death metal (Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom), the band’s 2007 debut, Behold the Lion, resulted in a multi-album deal with...
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