Band2013

Band2013

Dienstag, 20. August 2013

Press coverage

By now, we've gotten a bit more press coverage. Everything from "atrocious" through "mediocre headbanging bullshit" up to "fucking awesome" has been said by now. Listen to it, make up your own mind.

Here are links to all reviews so far:

French Metal (French, very favourable)
Pest Webzine (English, 8/10)
Schlachtenruf (German, no rating, very unfavourable)
Legacy Printzine (German, 11/15)
Metalwave (Italian, 69/100)
Sturmglanz (German, no rating, very favourable)
Ancient Spirit (German, 7/12)
Hell Is Open (German, 8/10)
Wings Of Death (Dutch, no rating, favourable)
Time For Metal (German, 8,5/10)
Crossfire Metal (German, 7/10)
Undergrounded (German, 7/10 - gave us 8,5/10 musically, but criticized the short length of the album.)
The Metal Crypt (English, 4/5)
Lords Of Metal (Dutch, 68/100, English version here)
FFM Rock (German, no rating, favourable)
Heavy Metal Tribune (English, no rating, favourable. Guy published the same review on metal-archives and gave us 70% there.)
Burn Your Ears (German, 6/10)
Hateful Metal (German, no rating, favourable)
Infernal Masquerade (English, 89/100)
Metal Observer (English, 7,5/10)
metal.tm (German, 9/10)
metalunderground.at (German, 3/5)
metal.de  (German, 5/10)
Legacy Online (German, 7/15)
powermetal.de (German, 7/10)
Voices from the Dark Side (English, no rating, very favourable)
metal1.info (German, 5.5/10)

Also, there are great pics of our release gig online at Nature Of Music, as well as a good live review of the concert in German at metal.tm.

A short interview with Mithras can be found at Pest Webzine.

Check it out!

Mittwoch, 14. August 2013

Reviews

Hey,

since the release, our album has been thoroughly trashed by some the bigger webzines. Main criticism was the sound, which is apparently too necro for them. Rest assured that we know what we are doing and that "No World To Win, A Life To Lose" sounds EXACTLY like we wanted it to sound, and if you don't like it, so be it.

Still, if you came to this site from one of the shitty reviews that make it out as some kind of second "Under A Funeral Moon" or "Drawing Down The Moon," feel free to click on the embedded bandcamp player on the right and listen for yourself.

On a side note, that sorry excuse for a journalist from Legacy can go fuck himself in the neck with a rusty knife. We have no problem with someone not liking our music and our way of doing things, but if you want to write a bad review, at least have the decency and write it yourself instead of piecing it together from other people, especially when you accuse bands of being unoriginal. Read the Legacy review and then the ones from metal.de, powermetal.de and metal1.info, and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Yours
Mithras

Samstag, 3. August 2013

CD released - line-up change

Hey folks, this is Mithras.

 It is done. "No World To Win, A Life To Lose" has been officially released, and we celebrated that by playing a release concert yesterday, on probably one of the hottest days of the year. The temperature in the room was already too much, so people kept leaving for fresh air and coming back all through Frigoris' and our set, but the heat on stage was insane. That was definitely the most exhausting gig I've ever played in my life - and I'm just the singer/guitarist, have a word with Sperrfeuer about that! I have a lot of respect for our drummer for pulling that one off yesterday, seriously. We're seriously sorry we couldn't play an encore, but that would definitely have resulted in physical damage.

Well, talking of my band colleagues. We have our first ever line-up change, which might have been expected. DTM returned from the States a couple of weeks ago, but decided not to rejoin Fallen Tyrant. There are no hard feelings involved, and DTM joined us for an epic performance of "To Finnmarken" on stage for the last time yesterday. Thanks, brother, for the last three years, and ride on!

From now on, Nihlathak is be a full member of the band, and has already proven himself filling in for DTM at the last two live gigs.

That's that for now. We're back to rehearsing and songwriting from next week on.

Children of a nuclear dawn, rise!

Freitag, 26. Juli 2013

Our full album is now streaming on bandcamp. Check it out!

Mittwoch, 17. Juli 2013

Album preorder

Our debut album can be preordered at http://fallentyrant.bandcamp.com/ right now. The first song is streaming right now.

If you think about buying it but want to see whether it's any good before spending money - which is totally fine with us - wait until July 26th. From that day on, the entire album will be streaming on our bandcamp site.

Samstag, 29. Juni 2013

CD RELEASE / MANNHEIM CANCELLED


Piss fuck and shit, our gig with WOE, TERZIJ DE HORDE and PLANKS in September has been cancelled due to WOE cancelling their tour.

Well, tough luck, but nothing can stop the South Hessian Warmachine. We will release our album "No World To Win, A Life To Lose" on August 2nd at a concert at the Oetinger Villa in Darmstadt, 2100 hours. Another gig with Nihlathak on bass by the way.

As a special guest, we welcome our friends FRIGORIS from Essen.


 Don't let their athmospheric, melodic black metal sound let you fool into thinking they're tame - we've played with them in Essen, and these guys are fucking AMAZING! Especially live, they just slay. They'll probably show us up in our own home, but we still invited them - because we care about good black metal.

Okay, that's enough of that wannabe-trve bull shit... but seriously, BE THERE!

Also, you can see the cover artwork of the album below. Sperrfeuer and DTM came up with the concept, and our producer Rene, who is also pretty good at visual art, then made this cover. Click it to enlarge, as it is pretty awesome. We just ordered the CD, flyers and the CD artwork as a 90 x 30 cm poster.

Yours,
Mithras


Mittwoch, 8. Mai 2013

NEWS

Hello out there,

we recently played a pretty good gig with our new live bass player Nihlathak, who is AWESOME for learning our entire set in just a couple of weeks.

Also, our debut album "No World To Win, A Life To Lose" will be out in early July. 6 tracks of menacing South Hessian black metal and two interludes, clocking in at 36:07 altogether - short, but long enough for a black metal album!

The opener of that album is now streaming in our soundcloud player, which you see on the right hand. Bow to the thermonuclear overlords of this world and enjoy FALLEN TYRANT RISING!

Yours,
Mithras

Mittwoch, 3. April 2013

NEWS

DTM has left for the states, and we hereby present our new live bass player - please welcome NIHLATHAK!

The guy also plays guitar in Angur - if you're into Schrat-Black Metal (i.e. Pagan Metal) with a hurdy-gurdy, I recommend you check them out. He's also a rad bass player, it's somehow a Black Metal phenomenon that bassists tend to get stuck on guitar. ;-)

Also, we're still looking for gigs this year, so if you're interested or you know someone who might be - feel free to contact us.

- Mithras

Donnerstag, 21. März 2013

Fallen Tyrant all over the place

Good morning boys and girls,

our first gigs after the long break we took to prepare our album are done, and I must say they went pretty well. After all, we have only played live for about 10 times up to now, and we still get better with every single concert.

On February 23nd, we drove to Würzburg to support Vargsheim and Apokrypha at their double CD release party. The Immerhin, located beneath the Posthalle in an old nuclear safe bunker, was already familiar to DTM and me as we have been there with Wight. We found the guys from the other bands to be nice and relaxed folks, and so everything went well and in a nice athmosphere, although the sound check took a bit long and we had to rush through all our make up stuff. We played the entire album to a pretty well sized crowd, to an overall good reception, and got horribly drunk afterwards. At least DTM, I and Addi, who came with us, did, Sperrfeuer volunteered for driving back and was probably a bit annoyed by our obnoxious behavior. Vargsheim and Apokrypha turned out to be great live bands, with Vargsheim playing an athmospheric mix of black and doom metal and Apokrypha sounding pretty much like Damned-In-Black-era Immortal with the bass player of Iron Maiden. Also, they put on a rocking show, and I haven't seen many Black Metal musicians enjoying themselves on stage the way Andy and Freddy from Apokrypha do.

All packed up for Würzburg


The week after that gig, we had our first rehearsal with our new bass player – DTM is leaving for a longer trip to the US a while, and we and him don't yet know whether he'll be back in the band afterwards or not. There's no personal problems between us though, neither are there any musical disagreements, so much can be said.
Anyway, we managed to find a guy who is a fucking rad bass player to help us out for the time being. More info on that is coming, you know, we have to find a silly stage name for him and all that jazz.

Also, we had a foto shoot with a friend of our bass player who is a photographer that week for the upcoming album, which was drowned in fake blood and vast amounts of face paint. One of the band shots can be seen right here.

Fallen Tyrant 2013 CE
On a rather short notice, DTM decided to have us play at our home at the Oetinger Villa in Darmstadt on March 8th, together with local Thrash Metal overlords Blood Patrol. We set up four (!) full stacks on stage, and off we went. Blood Patrol blasted out their set of about 112% fast songs – you should really check these guys out, a mix of old Sodom and punk, all the good stuff. We decided to put on the most over the top live show so far. Blood, smoke, frankincense fumes, a gruesome video show and plenty of room on stage for DTM and me to get moving. The intensity of performing Fallen Tyrant's music live always leaves me in a slightly confused state of mind after the show, but this time it actually took me the most of three days to transition back to normal. The plan was to create a dense athmosphere on this gig, and I think we, and especially DTM, pulled that off quite well. Managed to scare some of the non-metal people attending the gig, too.
Stage set up in Darmstadt

  I'll get back to the topic of Nazis a bit later, but there's one thing to get off my chest right here because of a things that happened right before the Darmstadt gig: People who try to connect us to the NSBM scene and right wing ideology can go FUCK OFF AND DIE! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, we have no connection to that scene in any way shape or form. Each one of us has his political views, and we will not discuss those in public, but rest assured that none of us holds any racist or fascist opinions. We tend to react quite harshly to such accusations – not only are we concerned about our reputation as an honorable band, we also pride ourselves in being thinking human beings. As such, we take any try to connect us to far right idiocy as an insult to our intelligence. It's not yet time for the general and official deathwish, but anyone who spouts that kind of nonsense should at least be thoroughly patronized.

Another quick rehearsal where we played like arse, and it was off to Cottbus on March 16th. Arroganz invited us there to support their CD release – we had met the guys a year earlier in Frankfurt, when we both played with Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and got along well, and that's how that one came to pass. Anyways, the way to get to Cottbus is to drive to the arse of the world, jump down, and keep on driving – it's in the far east of Germany, and the trip there has been my longest trip with any band to date. As the roads were free, the only highlight of the ride was Sperrfeuer waking up from a nap on the back seat, blurting out „Nekromisantrop!!“ and going back to sleep. Hospitality in Cottbus was great as expected, the stage set up took a while, and we had a nice chat with Chris from Blacksmith Records, among others. 
On our way to Cottbus
  We took the stage at about 2100, delivered our set quite well despite some difficulties. The drumkit was drifting apart in every song, and DTM was busy for the entire gig with avoiding falling down the weird stage stairs. Reception was great though, it was a lot of fun, at least for me, and after we got rid of our stage gear and make up, an awesome night of rock'n'roll commenced. (On a side note - you reap what you sow: DTM had made fun of me for dropping a glass earlier that day, but left a trail of destruction and broken glass later. Highlight: Dropping two entire cases of empty beer bottles.) BitchHammer from Leipzig are another band worthy checking out if you like blackened thrash in the vein of Aura Noir and Absu, and Arroganz definitely live up to the name they have made for themselves in the last years, a truly mighty live band.

Stage set up in Cottbus

We woke up in a damp basement (the toilet had been clogged the night before) among all the stinking pig's blood left over from the Arroganz show. Good morning, rise and shine!! Load in, and off we go again, another seven hour ride back. 
The bloody mess Arroganz left in the backstage

 We made the questionable decision to stop at a McDonalds in the middle of rural Saxony. Now, we're quite infamous for constantly making fun of everything, especially Nazis, and our offensive humour in general, but I guess we had cracked one Hitler joke too many that day. There were already a couple of cars with Nazi slogan stickers in the parking lot and too many skinheads inside the place. When we came out again, the car seen on the picture pulled up by the drive in, with a huge fucking Reichsadler (German Imperial Eagle) sticker on the back window and slogans in old German font written all over it! Well, it's all fun and games if you have a laugh about the dumb East German nazi skins (and they exist in the Wet too...), but I'm not too comfortable if a bunch of them are actually around. Nothing to do here, off to the Autobahn it was ASAP. I'm quite glad to live in Darmstadt, a town with virtually no nazi assholes, after all.

Well, that's a short – or not so short – summary of what we did in the last weeks, for those who care. Apart from that, we're still busy with the album release. Right now, we're checking out offers and the possibility of releasing it ourselves, but in the end it's all about the money, Lewbowski! Which sucks. We have at least set the deadline for ourselves to have it released within the next three months.

So long, and stay tuned!

Mithras Sol Invictus
on behalf of Fallen Tyrant.

Bands worth checking out:
Vargsheim - https://www.facebook.com/vargsheimofficial
Apokrypha - https://www.facebook.com/apokrypha
Blood Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/blood.patrol
BitchHammer - https://www.facebook.com/pages/BitchHammer/278289228952277
Arroganz - https://www.facebook.com/hellishhordes

Live pics:
Würzburg: http://metalfotos.de/index.php?option=com_gallery2&Itemid=26&g2_itemId=94884
Darmstadt (coming soon): http://www.natureofmusic.net/

Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2013

DARMSTADT

Den Tørstige Mand's farewell concert (for the time being) - with special video show! See you there!


Mittwoch, 13. Februar 2013

LIVE

ATTENTION!

March 8th, 2000 hours sees our return to Darmstadt. Together with our fellow Thrash monsters from BLOOD PATROL, we will take the stage at the Oetinger Villa.

Our bass player Den Tørstige Mand will take some time out during the next few months, so we wanted to play in our home town once again before he leaves. Don't worry, the plan is for him to rejoin when he's back. We'll continue with a session bass player in the meantime, more updates on that later.

We'll present a special visual show that DTM came up with, so be there and don't miss it.


So far confirmed live dates this year:

 Feb 23rd - Würzburg, Immerhin
Mar 8th - Darmstadt, Oetinger Villa
Mar 16th - Cottbus, La Casa
Apr 20th - Essen, Cafe Nova


Yours
Mithras

Montag, 21. Januar 2013

Studio report Pt.III

Hey folks,

first of all, a happy (late) new year to all of you.
We are done, the album is recorded, mixed and mastered in its entirity. Now we need title, artwork and layout – which we are working on – and someone to release it. Needless to say, I'm also working on the latter.

But back a bit. Initially, mixing was to start in November already, but Rene and I both had busy schedules with band, work and university, so that obviously didn't happen. Rene did quite a bit of work over the holidays, so a pretty good rough mix was already done when I returned to Darmstadt in the first week of January. The work on all the details took up the whole of two weeks, though. We had a pretty relaxed schedule, but still, Rene worked his hours in the studio every day with either Sperrfeuer or me present at almost all times. We used the one time DTM showed up to record some gang shouts for „No World To Win, A Life To Lose“ (still affectionately know by its working title „The Panzer Song“) which turned out to be a great addition to the song. Well, not much more to say about the mixing process... Rene did almost all of the work, and a good job too, while Sperrfeuer and I were mostly there to annoy him and make coffee and food. Steve, the guy who actually owns most of the equipment in the studio, showed up a couple of times and gave some valuable advice from his techno / electronic background which Rene was able to make good use of, even when mixing a black metal album.

Mastering was done rather quickly, so the album is complete now. Needless to say, it sounds awesome. Through the live recording, it retains the raw power trio feeling, but isn't even close to necro sound rehearsal recordings in any way. The production satisfies Sperrfeuer's need for a hard hitting metal production as well as my preferences for dirty old school sound and DTMs desire for a heavy bottom end. Be prepared!

We'll keep you updated on all progress concerning the release, but it might still take a while. As there wasn't that much to say about the last two weeks in the studio, here are some pictures I took during that time.

Yours
Mithras

Starting the mix!
Getting a kebab at 5 in the morning after the first session.

Panzer crew ready for the gang shout recordings...

This can't be the solution...

... but this!



Rene and Steve mixing drums

Mithras taking a weekend off, skiing...
Blashyrkh approaching!!


Final mastering.