TYRANT EYES - THE DARKEST HOUR - SCARLET
One would be hard-pressed to find a reason for Tyrant Eyes to exist. The German quintet does what it does with a routine workmanship that screams 'average' at every turn. There indeed are good riffs, a good drum roll here and a nice speed pick up there, but the overall impression one gets from The Darkest Hour is not an impressive one. The derivative nature of the heavy/thrash metal band is reminiscent of Angel Dust - metal riffs, different tempos, keyboards (aaarrggh!) - with a nod to Grim Reaper's Rock You To Hell if one gets to the end of Command To Destroy towards the end of the album. The vocals are gruff, although higher registers are not a rare occurrence.
For Tyrant Eyes to actually go anywhere, the band has to write better songs, drop the ever-so useless keyboards and thus emerge from the shadow of an over-populated European scene. - Ali "The Metallian"