Friday, April 5, 2013

Tyranny of Hours releases long-awaited, self-titled LP

The Oregon-founded progressive rock band known as Tyranny of Hours has released their long-awaited, self-titled LP record album, “Tyranny of Hours,” to broad fan and critical acclaim. The LP comes as a welcome announcement to Tyranny's thrumming fan base, many of whom have been waiting for the full-length album's release for more than two years. It features their previously released hit single, “Amber,” as well as 10 other original tracks spanning an approximate 50 minutes' worth of ingenious alternative rock music, making for a very comprehensive record.

Still, even this generous offering is not likely to slake the thirst of Tyranny's growing crowds for very long, as the opposite effect is almost certain. Upon listening to Tyranny's debut LP, music fans are sure to recognize a unique, brilliant sound that no other artists have provided in decades – if indeed at all – and start clamoring for more.

The sound of Tyranny of Hours is difficult to pin down, being an eclectic mix of heavy metal, 90s industrial music, and 70s prog and fusion. The end result is a whirl of color, creativity and brilliance that bears few similarities to other bands. Tyranny boasts the orchestration of bands like Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but with a tone more akin to Rammstein's “Reise, Reise” album.

Fans of cult legends Dream Theater will be likewise enthusiastic with Tyranny's writing, ambiance, and atmosphere, the feeling of which is due to the imaginations of songwriters Don Graham and Michelle Mattair, lead guitarist and singer. Mattair's vocals are clarion and beautiful atop the seething, raging ocean of sound produced by her instrumentalists. She is not unlike a more aggressive Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie and the Banshees), her range easily as impressive, her delivery somewhat more direct.

Their bio states that Tyranny of Hours has “worked to bring melody back to modern heavy rock,” which they call “a missing element.” In this at the very least, they have surpassed the mark.

Concerning the intricate themes of Tyranny's self-titled LP, they explain, “The idea of Tyranny of Hours is loosely based on the passing of time and how it defines our lives.” Lyricist and singer Michelle Mattair writes of this, “All we have loved and all we are – all we hope to be – is destined for a memory.” Like Marcus Aurelius, the ancient stoic philosopher, Tyranny of Hours has taken to heart the irrefutable knowledge that all things must pass, and it is the weight of this temporal “tyranny” with which they have infused their album.

Tyranny has since enlisted new members for enhanced live performances, and are already busy writing their second LP.

Tyranny of Hours” by Tyranny of Hours is available online worldwide beginning April 5, 2013.

-S. McCauley
Staff Press Release Writer

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