Tyrant Eyes

The Darkest Hour

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Hailing from Germany, where power metal bands are a dime a dozen, Tyrant Eyes second album offers the usual ingredients common to genre: aggressive riffing, restrained but ever-present synthesizer work and dramatic, semi-operatic vocals punctuating surprising commercial, often cheesy chorus sections. But despite the band's competent musicianship throughout, there are few truly inspired ideas to go round here; and in a field famous for its powerhouse singers, Alexander Reimund's voice is noticeably buried a little lower in the mix in an attempt to disguise his rather under-whelming ability (see "Out of the Dark" for proof). Other than that, songs like "Night of the Defender," "Magic Touch" and "Command to Destroy" continue to offset major and minor chords in quite predictable fashion, ultimately giving making Tyrant Eyes sound like a very poor man's Iced Earth.

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