Tyrant - Legions Of The Dead (1985) (Brainstorm Division Edition 1996)

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Tyrant - Legions Of The Dead (1985) (Brainstorm Division Edition 1996)

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Tyrant - Legions Of The Dead (1985) (Brainstorm Division Edition 1996)

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Year : 1985 (Brainstorm Division Edition 1996)
Style : Heavy Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 120 mb


Bio:

L.A.'s TYRANT was formed by bassist Greg May in Pasadena, California.In 1978, Greg formed a cover band in high school, which included Richard Fuentes on vocals, Tony Ramirez, Gary Crisp, Bill Stremmel on guitars, and Phil Heyleck on drums.By 1980, Greg had been asked to play with such groups as Metallica, W.A.S.P., Armored Saint, and Warlord. Guitarist Rocky Rockwell's previous band, Visions, ironically featured Tim Gaines of Stryper. Rocky was one of the first guitar players to have an endorsement with Charvel Guitars other than Eddie Van Halen. One-time fill-in guitarist included Anthony Romero, formerly of Blood Lust.In 1982, the two recruited Greg's brother, Glen May, a two time high school All-American Football defensive end, to replace their previous singer, Doug Anderson, on lead vocal and front man requirements. "Doug also played guitar and looked like Peter Frampton." Greg explained. "But when I brought Glen in, it just clicked."Drummer, Rob Roy, rounded out the group, who appeared on Metal Massacre III ('83) and Legions of the Dead ('85). Previous drummers have included G. Stanley Burtis (Too Late To Pray '88) and Tom Meadows (King of Kings '97).Keyboard player and limo driver, Paris Lane, contributed to "Legions of the Dead", previously of Hollywood rock band, London.After two shows in Hollywood, California, Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records contacted Greg. The late-1983 release of "Battle of Armageddon", from the Metal Blade Records album "Metal Massacre III", was the result. After the release, the label was flooded with mail from all over the world demanding more vinyl from TYRANT. This lead to Metal Blade Records signing TYRANT to an international recording contract.The group returned to the studio with "Armageddon" producer, Bill Metoyer, to record TYRANT's debut LP, "Legions of the Dead", which was completed and released in 1985. The LP sold well and hit Kerrang Magazine's (Europe's biggest rock publication) Top 10 Import Chart for two months, therewith Def Leppard and Heart. TYRANT's single, "Listen to the Preacher," was featured on the "Best of Metal Blade, Volume 1" double LP in 1986. The LP included, among others, Slayer, Trouble, VoiVod, Metal Church, and Celtic Frost.In 1988, TYRANT again enlisted the services of producer Bill Metoyer to record and release "Too Late to Pray" -- their best effort to date. Again, TYRANT's LP attracted praise from both fans and magazines around the world. The band had been offered opening slots for groups such as Slayer, Savatage, and Mercyful Fate.TYRANT continued to play live and demo songs on 4-track. In 1994, Metal Massacre III was re-released on C.D. worldwide; after which all rights to TYRANT's material and band name were assigned to founder/bassist Greg May.In 1996, German record lable, Art of Music, won the battle for TYRANT's next record, and brought Greg May to Germany for a promo tour. Art of Music also put TYRANT back into the studio with long-time producer Bill Metoyer for the making of "King of Kings," released in 1996. In keeping with tradition, "King of Kings" gained international praise from fans and press alike.In 1997, TYRANT signed with Dwell Records to record Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Dio, Scorpions, Judas Priest, and Saxon tribute CD's that were released worldwide in '98-'99.In 2009, Tyrant was back playing in Hollywood and co-headlined the Keep It True XII Festival in Lauda-Konigshofen Germany. They are in the process of writing and will record a new record entitled "Here After" for a hopeful 2010 release.THE REIGN OF THE TYRANT CONTINUES.

Album:

During the years around 1985 many bands were finding their breaking point, while thrash seemed to be developing faster than ever, and other more obscure bands were taking things a step further with more speed and power, there was still room for even more innovation. Bands like Manilla Road were already writing the blueprints for epic metal, but Tyrant practically comes out of nowhere breaking the rules, and does things like no other band had done. There was hardly anything out there quite like this at the time, and even today it still sparks with originality.Vocalist Glen May is simply one of the best vocalists I've ever heard, and hands down one of my top favorites. This album shows a younger side with the vocals as well, since he throws out a huge amount of screams and shrieks compared to their later stuff, heck there weren't even any shrieks to be heard on King of Kings at all and most of the shrieks on their next album Too Late to Pray were usually only in the background. The majority of his vocals are spent in a more commanding mid-range, with the higher notes finishing off phrases or whatnot. The best comparison would probably be comparing his singing here to Harry Conklin's via Ample Destruction. Very demanding and extremely proud.It'd be a sin to stop the compliments there though. The rest of the band is nearly flawless as well. Rocky Rockwell puts out some of the catchiest rhythm's and riffs, and brings in the epic touch to this album with the guitars alone. Upbeat, dramatic, blisteringly fast, catchy, diverse, its all there. Greg May never slips up a bit and knows his bass well. Rob Roy finalizes the group with his excellent ability on the drums, dynamic and poundingly tough. Don't expect a generic endless pattern of double bass, but diversity. The production itself is pretty heavy and has quite a crunch, with each instrument being very clear to hear including May's vocals. For being 1985, this is pretty damn good with the sound.The best thing about this album is the consistency. Every song is downright catchy, and every song is easy to get into no matter where you start. It starts off with Warriors of Metal which is definitely more straightforward than things to come (obviously with that kind of title, eh?). But at the same time, it may very well be the greatest song about -metal- ever written. You'll instantly get to know what this band is all about with this song alone, May's incredible vocals, the devastating power their performance gives off, and Rocky Rockwell's guitars will surely get your attention. Fall into the Hands of Evil takes you on a slower ride, preparing you for things to come still, and yet again this song is just catchier than ever. The Battle of Armageddon is when their style is truly defined. Starting off a little more dramatic and slower than others only to build up to the epic onslaught ahead. This is definitely when their epic factor kicks in. Next up is the self-titled track Legions of the Dead and pretty much does everything the previous song did, but even better. The next passable track teases with its hints towards their next album. Its under a minute long, so doesn't really do anything but translate the previous song to the next. Listen to the Preacher follows suit of previous songs with its structure, but does have an occasional goofy background chorus "Don't turn your back..." May sounds a bit too cheesy here, but oh well? Knight of Darkness again is jam packed with those catchy and upbeat rhythm's and fills in the empty space with some dark atmosphere. Thru the Night tends to gravitate back towards simplicity, a bit like the first track on the album. Regardless it doesn't feel too out of place. Sacrifice is another longer track decorated with nothing but emotion and atmosphere. The final track Time is Running Low is completely over the top, and seems to fuse their simpler and epic styles into one.Overall this album is extremely catchy and easily accessible for those who like a bit of aggression and atmosphere within their metal. Very consistent and the majority of the album is top notch. Though the epic taste is riddled throughout this album, it wouldn't come close to their masterpiece which would be their next release. Either way, Legions of the Dead still triumphs over an endless amount of bands out there, and is something that demands to be heard. This album screams metal pride!

Line Up:

Glen May - Vocals (1982-present) - See also: Savage Garden (USA)
Greg May - Bass (1978-present)
Rocky Rockwell - Guitars (1980-1997, 2008-present)
Rob Roy (R.I.P. 2019) - Drums, Percussion

Tracklist:

01. Warriors of Metal 04:48
02. Fall Into the Hands of Evil 05:19
03. The Battle of Armageddon 05:12
04. Legions of the Dead 07:03
05. Tyrant's Revelation 00:51
06. Listen to the Preacher 03:46
07. Knight of Darkness 03:27
08. Thru the Night 03:24
09. Sacrifice 06:56
10. Time is Running Low 04:00


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