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Tytan - Justice Served

Justice Served
by VR at 04 July 2017, 10:19 AM

Kevin Riddles and Dave Dufort played bass and drums for ANGEL WITCH before they decided to forge a band on their own and that lead to the formation of TYTAN, a band that was considered among the NWOBHM bands that was the trend in the early 80’s. The band garnered a lot of interest due to the fact that they had such a pedigree and were quickly signed up to Kamaflage Records which was part of Dick James Music Company. Unfortunately for the band, the record company they were signed to went bankrupt before they could release any material that the band recorded and they managed to take the band down with them. The band was able to release an EP called “Blind Men and Fools” in the year 1982. The band scattered and went their own ways before U.K based record label Metal Maters released the band’s first album entitled “Rough Justice” in the year 1985. In the year 2012, the defunct band received an invitation to perform in Germany and they reformed with a new lineup. This injected much needed life into the band and they began working on their second full length album that saw a 2017 release.

The album begins with an instrumental “Intro” which is an odd choice as the opener as it is synthesizer sounds with wind sounds in the background. “Love you to Death” and “Fight the Fight” follow each other in quick succession. Catchy choruses and unmistakable NWOBHM sounds with excellent lead guitar solos, both these songs are worth a listen. They do, however, fail in the lead vocals category as one gets the feeling that the vocals are tired and jaded. “Reap the Whirlwind” is the stand out track of the album for me and it starts out with a three note bass doddle before drums and distorted guitars usher the song onwards. This is the fifth tack of the album and by then the vocals have improved tremendously. The band makes heavy use of background vocals for this track that lends an atmospheric feel to the song. “Forever Gone” is a less than 3 minute song that is dripping with NWOBHM influences and has a bass line that is worthy to be included in the Heavy Metal genre. This short song packs a punch and only during the bridge it feels a little limp. This song is the owner of a spectacular guitar song, exquisite riffs and a thick bass line that props the song expertly. “Billy Who” is a less than 3 minute long instrumental that feels more like an afterthought and it sorely lacks the depth the vocals bring. “One Last Detail” is an old school Rock N Roll song with generous helping of organ parts. Although the bluesy number is just over 3 minutes in length, it feels that the song is misplaced in the album as it disrupts the mood the band sets about creating.

The last song on the album is “The Cradle” and it is the longest track of the album. The song starts with a drum beat before organ and bass guitar prop up the melody. The track is slightly on the slower side almost anthem like in nature although one can detect shades of Doom in the riffs. The latter half of the song is populated by galloping riffs and heavy bass lines along with ripping lead guitar notes and the track slows down as it reaches its demise. This is one hell of an album and I got a massive kick out of it. I was not impressed at the start of the album, but by the time I was at the third song, the band felt like a cohesive unit firing on all cylinders. The album is drenched in Old School Rock riffs and the guitar leads are stupendous. This album is a master class for the younger bands to look up to in terms of songwriting and production values. This is a rollicking good affair and I felt a little glum when the last song was done. The tracks have the intensity and the energy to capture the essence of Heavy Metal and the absolute charm of the NWOBHM movement. This is a definite must for fans of British Metal and Heavy Metal in general and the band throws in a couple of Blues soaked Rock numbers to keep the Rock fans engaged. This is a definite recommend!

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Intro
2. Love you to Death
3. Fight the Fight
4. Spitfire
5. Reap the Whirlwind
6. Midnight Sun
7. Forever Gone
8. Billy Who
9. Hells Breath
10. One Last Detail
11. Worthy of Honour
12. The Cradle
Tom Barna – Vocals, Rhythm Guitars
Dave Strange - Vocals, Lead Guitars
Kevin Riddles – Bass Guitars, Vocals and Keyboards
James Wise - Drums
Andy Thompson - Keyboards
Record Label: High Roller Records


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