Review by Daniel for Woe of Tyrants - Threnody (2010)
US technical death metallers Woe Of Tyrants show some really fantastic musicianship on this release but have a lot to learn about song-writing. 2010 spawned a lot of overly technical death metal that missed the point of what the genre is all about and this is fine example of that. The neo-classical guitar solos (although brilliantly performed) are particularly inappropriate. The production tends to be a little dry even though all of the instruments are nicely audible. Various genres get a look in here with melodic death metal, power metal & thrash metal all getting the once over. But most of it goes straight over my head as there's not enough meat to dig my teeth into. I'm sure Woe Of Tyrants could make an excellent death metal album if they get over the "technicality for technicalities sake" attitude and concentrated on making catchy riffs & writing structured songs.