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TYTAN
TYTAN
Justice: Served!
(High Roller Records)
47:59min

TYTAN occupy the more mainstream and commercial sounding end of the old school Heavy Metal / NWOBHM spectrum with a very polished sound and vocal style being instantly noticeable from the first listen. The musicians are obviously very skilled and can handle their instruments well and overall they deliver an obviously well honed Heavy Metal assault but they are seemingly not always firing on all cylinders and a few songs definetly sound more filler than killer. There is some stand out moments where the tasty dual guitar harmonies really shine and cut through the mix with finesse such as in 'Forever Gone', one of the harder and more uptempo numbers on the album (more of that next time!) and there are some good crunching hardrockin' riffs as well as some nifty pounding percussion work that makes an impact at times. But that wasn't enough to keep my attention overall throughout the duration of the album even on repeated listens. What made so many NWOBHM and early-mid 80s Heavy Metal bands so special in this writer's opinion was the raw, gritty, energised and ballsy approach to how they played and sounded. And these days TYTAN come across as a bit too tame, accessible, melodic and clean sounding in places, almost too nice at times and they also keep things quite mid paced a lot of the time which in turn loses some essential power than if they had of shifted gears tempo wise more. The melody on this album is actually used to best effect in the moody acoustic number 'Midnight Sun' which features some excellent vocal harmonies and great guitar work. Being great musicians and having such clean and well sung vocals dosn't always make for essential Heavy Metal listening if the raw energy seems to have been stripped back too much in favour of overpolished melody. And the songwriting falls more into the easily forgettable and pedestrian Hardrock category generally which is probablys why the band didn't make such a huge impact first time around in the early-mid 80s NWOBHM scene and have lingered in relative obscurity since they initially split up. It is a very solid if somewhat rather unspectacular comeback album overall that never quite reaches full throttle and just goes through the motions rather than straight for the throat. More like a musical velvet glove than an iron fist. More info at: www.facebook.com/tytanofficial, www.hrrecords.de

Kat "Shevil" Gillham

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