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Tyranex
Unable to Tame

Company: Black Lodge
Release: 2014
Genre: Thrash
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Nostalgic dose of speed metal and thrash



  • Tyranex was a name unknown to me before I listened to their sophomore album, 'Unable to Tame', but after listening to it, Tyranex may not be unknown for long. Hailing from Sweden, Tyranex deliver a nostalgic dose of speed metal and thrash. Vocalist and lead guitarist Linnea Landstedt is equalparts Dave Mustaine, Bobby Blitz and Kurt Vanderhoof. With that cocktail in the form of Linnea, the band is rounded out by Per Lindstrom on bass and Johannes Lindstrom on drums. This trio shows that they are huge fans of old school thrash in the vein of Kreator, Agent Steel and Metal Church to name a few. Tracks like "Bloodlust and War", "Witches Gathering" and "Victims" could all easily have been songs crafted by any of the previously mentioned bands and have a sound that still keeps them relevant in today's metal world. Landstedt's guitar prowess is impressive as she shreds and rips her way through each track. Her speed and technical precision is just freaking awesome and she could easily hold her own against any of her peers. The Lindstrom's handle the back end well, providing staccato drumming and galloping bass lines that hold everything together like woodworker's glue. The production on the album is a little muddy at times but works well with the style of metal that Tyranex are playing. Fans of old school, no bones about it metal should definitely give this album a spin.



    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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