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Friday, June 23, 2017

Tyrannosorceress - Shattering Light's Creation

Tyrannosorceress utterly blew me away with their Demo in 2011. It was short and sweet but offered so much. The changes in the movements within the music was excellent and kept you interested. At the same time nothing was over saturated. I was highly anticipating a second release hoping it to be a full length. Well, here we have it. Much more than I expected with adding a huge influence of some serious black metal. So moving forward to 2017 we have a new release which is their debut full length album entitled, “Shattering Light’s Creation”, coming out on Tofu Carnage Records.

A lot of the record reminds me of Dissection for a few reasons. The over all driving aspect of the movement within the guitars and drums combined, the vocal attack with the timbre and anger in his voice, and the single picked note melodic chords, which lets you fully hear all the notes of the chord rather than the entire chord. Great tremolo picking with chord progressions and overlapping harmonies that create a tension and release effect to the music. The quality of black metal on this record is superb. Their ability to play slower mid tempo melodic black metal and incorporate intense blasting parts with tons of tremolo picking without any rough or awkward transitions is absolutely amazing and rare.  On their previous demo a lot of the heaviness came from a deeper Black Sabbath influence but with this new one I feel more of a death metal influence on the heavy side of things here. 

“Haunting Black Infinity,” has a creepy, eerie intro sample that sets the mood for the approaching storm. Intermixing old school Mastodon type riffs with black metal and death metal is absolute bliss. After a nice chord progression they drop it straight into fast black metal while tremolo picking chords. Their ability to transition in and out of sections that have totally different cadences is phenomenal. The hardest part about writing forward thinking metal are transitions. Without smooth seamless transitions you can’t stay focused on the progression of the music. Their first Demo was much more minimalist but still crushed in every way… especially the riffs. That was impressive due to taking something simple and giving it so much with subtly and diversity. This debut album takes it up way past what I expected for their second release and anyones for that matter. The layers of harmony and melody with the guitars is outstanding. The second guitar isn’t overdone to the point where it washes out the rhythm or the vocals. This band has an excellent sense of balance with their composition. There is a lot to say about a band that takes five to six years to make their second release. This clean intro and the progression of this song explains that vibe. So well thought out and flowing. Even when the fast blasting parts start up, the cadences of the sections are still extremely fluid. The way the guitarist tremolo picks gives it that overlaying smooth texture like how Mikael Akerfeldt strums or Dagoth from Otargos. “The Call to Chaos,” has a sick break down that leads into an atmospheric relaxed dark section that reminds me heavily of old Opeth from the Still Life or Black Water Park albums. It ends with an Eerie outro with that high end harmony which makes the listner feel like their in a horror movie. “Shattering Lights Creation,” Is straight up a blistering black metal track. Layers of frustration and hate outlines his chapped lipped, while I envision this as I let the vocalist infiltrate my ear holes stimulating my eargasms of putridity. The end of this track goes seamlessly into the next track, “The Angels Nine”. It’s honestly heart warming to any guitarist listening to this and realizing how precisely clean all the tremolo guitar picking and string skipping is. Hats off to the guitarists here all the way. Playing fast distorted guitars extremely cleanly takes constant forms of practice and dedication. “Senescent and Supreme” ends the album and has a great doom part that is surprising to hear after the whole record. Yet at the same time so fitting after such an emotional piece of work. Absolutely amazing way to end an already phenomenal album. Such an impactful piece of music with so many ups, downs and every type of turn one can imagine. The vocalist never over does it and knows when to let the music breath. Not enough metal vocalists have this ability to attack and release which in return puts the icing on the cake to the already superbly written music. 

Anyone and everyone who enjoys black metal should check this record out. Especially fans of old school traditional black metal and the new wave that has cleaner production but captures the raw aspects of the old days. Tyrannosorceress is your new metal pleasure.

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