Released: November 2018
Buy Album: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/cityoftyrants/e55o
Band Websites: https://www.facebook.com/pg/cityoftyrantsnj/
Charles Horning: Vocals
Ed Tyler: Guitars
Kevin Michael: Drums/Vocals
Chingkhei Akoijam: Guitars
Josh Palmer: Bass
1. The Arrival
3. Astral Projection
This album was rather enjoyable. It seems to fit quite nicely between metalcore and heavy metal without diving too far one way or the other. I was particularly a fan of their final song on the album, which had smooth melodies with accompanying harmonies throughout with a steady beat all holding it together.
I only really had one problem with this album as a whole, which was that it sounds like a lot of new albums this year. This isn’t just this particular band’s fault however, it just seems to follow the trends of what other bands have been releasing this year. If the band were able to add a little something extra then they might find themselves an entirely unique genre with a little more to give.
That isn’t to say that this band or this album is bad, because it isn’t by any means, it isn’t even lacklustre in any places. It’s just my view that it needs a little something more. It’s always hard when it’s a brand new band as each one is still experimenting with their sounds and what audience that sound will play best to. There’s definitely an audience here and it’s one that I am a part of but I would like to see these guys push their boundaries a little bit more. It might work and it may not, but trial and error is the best way to learn and giving yourself a unique edge will always take you further.
To conclude on this, it is as I said a very good album. There’s just something small that’s still missing, that I believe, once found, will catapult this band into bigger and better things. I’ll be keeping a close eye on them from now until then.