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Ty Morn - Last Villain Testament Award winner

Ty Morn
Last Villain Testament
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 12 April 2022, 8:43 AM

What can be called ‘Epic Metal’ was born in the 70’s (and not on the 80’s, as many can think). The release of RAINBOW’s albums as “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow” (1975), “Rising” (1976) and “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll” (1978) where the seeds of all that stays under this label. As Metal evolved, many different Epic Metal approaches were being born. And TY MORN, an English one man band, is here again to show that the genre still is full of good surprises, as “Last Villain Testament” shows.

The band uses a traditional Heavy Metal form with many Power Metal touches to express Aron Biale’s epic ideas. It’s heavy and abrasive, based on strong and sharp guitar riffs and solos (that shows a very good balance between melodies and aggressiveness), a heavy rhythmic work of bass guitar and drums, and with good keyboards’ arrangements (that create the right epic ambiences). Even not being anything that wasn’t heard before, the work shown on this album is really very good to be heard.

Shasank Venkat (the Indian guitarist of AGAINST EVIL, and that did the mixing and mastering of releases of LAMENT CONFIGURATION and TYRANT’S CURSE) is the one who did the mixing and mastering of the album, creating a good, clear and defined sonority that earns a lot of musical weight to the band’s music. And the other musicians that contributed with their talent on the album are the Brazilian singer Rafael Gazal, the Portuguese lead guitarist João Corceiro, the drummer Per Mikkelsen and Martin Szorád on the additional guitars.

The album’s songs are all on the same level of quality, but for a first time on it, “War of Nations” (the strength and aggressiveness shown on it is amazing, and what great work on the vocals and keyboards), “Hellastryke” (this one bears some Power/Heavy Metal influences, again with good use of keyboards’ arrangements, but with a charming set of guitar riffs and solos), “Wherever Demons Roam” (a song with a heavier and abrasive essence, with a solid and thunderous playing of bass guitar and drums), “Come Feed Us Night” (a fine mix of weight and melodies, with a great work of the guitars once more), “Compliments of the Wolf” (another solid song with tempos that aren’t fast, focusing on an epic ambience that allows the vocals to fit perfectly on the instrumental lays), and “Lifting the Curse” (where some Epic Power Metal influences appear on the rhythm sets and ambiences) are the right ones.

Yes, “Last Villain Testament” is really a very good release to be heard, and TY MORN deserves applause for such a fine work.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. War of Nations
2. Hellastryke
3. Eyes of the Many Gods
4. Wherever Demons Roam
5. Come Feed Us Night
6. Firenado
7. Compliments of the Wolf
8. The One
9. Lifting the Curse
10. Warlock
Aron Biale - Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Record Label: Doc Gator Records


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Edited 03 February 2023

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