Originally written by Jason Jordan.
I have yet to meet anyone – in person or in cyberspace – who considers his/her favorite style of music to be funeral doom metal. So, it follows that nobody on the MetalReview staff is the resident funeral doom aficionado. And therein lies a problem, sort of. While I like Tyranny well enough, Tides of Awakening hasn’t gripped me in any kind of notable way, but perhaps my halfheartedness is indicative of the album’s quality. They are noticeably superior to a group like Monolithe (Weren’t I and II boring? Ha ha.), but it seems Tyranny aren’t equipped to conquer my musical preferences.
In any case, though, this debut will flood you with the sheer amount of material. As deceiving as it may be, there are only five songs on Tides of Awakening, but many of them tend to last upwards of fifteen minutes. And in addition, the song titles aren’t quite on par with Bal-Sagoth – lengthwise – though I’m positive they’ll reach book size if the duo continues to persevere. So now I’ve reached the crux of the review (according to the handy template I’m holding), which is where I attempt to describe the tunes without – that’s WITHOUT – letting you hear any audio whatsoever. Yeah, that’s what I’m going to do. I suppose I’ll get started. Frankly, the record hardly escapes from the funeral doom shackles that steady it, if at all. The music, not coincidentally, is slow while beastly growls dominate the foreground, troubled guitars deposit leads “From there to here, from here to there” (Seuss), and the keyboard arrangements provide the most intriguing melodies that Tyranny have crafted. I also find myself admiring the double-bass when it dances rapidly around the other instruments, like a sluttish woman averse to dating only one member of the opposite sex (no pun intended). Many of you will recall the guitar tones, too, as they were plastered all over albums such as Katatonia’s Brave Murder Day, et al.
In closing I sincerely believe that those who extol funeral doom will be able to pinpoint the noteworthy characteristics that Tyranny wields. Tides of Awakening is an above-average entry into the subgenre, no doubt, though there’s no way it’ll make an appearance on my 2005 list. But patience does pay off. It doesn’t pay well, but it still pays. Give this a chance if you think you might be interested. While you do that, I’ll be writing more reviews when I should be working on my midterms.