Tyrannosorceress - Shattering Light's Creation“Sir, the Tyrannosaurus’ are too strong. They’ve breached level four!”
“What do we do!?”
“I…uh…send for The Sorcerer. He’s our only hope now.”
“But, sir, there’s a chance the atmosphere down there could cause a cataclysmic fusion. The Sorcerer could perish, or even worse…”
“Just do it, rat! Either The Sorcerer succeeds or the Tyrannosorceress is born. God help us all.”

And that’s the story of how The Sorcerer was sucked into the body of the tyrannosaurus, forming the mighty and mystical Tyrannosorceress. Regrettably, Shattering Light’s Creation — this five-piece debut release — does not feature dinosaurs or epic space battles of any sort. Tyrannosorceress don’t play dinosaur fronted Opeth covers, either. Instead, Tyrannosorceress — hailing from the modern day Dallas — explore with an enchanting richness the more progressive and loose forms of the blackened-death spectrum. How loose is too loose?

Opener “Haunting Black Infinity” sucks you in and coils you around its enchanting core, though its core is stale and its breath stinks of a meal it ate decades ago. It’s eight minutes of rupturing riffs that groove and stab with a chaotic instability. Occasional moments grab and keep you hooked, but these are few and far between. Only does the expressive ending, laced with solos and melodic hip thrusts, really solidify in the memory. Third track “The Call To Chaos” starts with a similar bludgeoning intensity. It stings, whips, stabs, and generally causes lacerations of a headache inducing depth. Short and sharp bursts of semi-linked riffs create a disorienting and rather chaotic feel. The drums are a constant blob of rage; the vocals are a semi-smoke-like snarl that drifts around in the background, making a negligible impact; and the bass a whimpering companion that fails to penetrate. Slowing down around the 4:30, the song moves into a morbid bluesy groove, allowing subtle ambient noises to merge with the tender reverberations of the guitars. This slower lament is a triumph, but it comes too late in the song.

These steadier moments exude a somber quality, sounding somewhat like multi-dimensional smoke drifting from the body of a deceased sorcerer. “In The Light of the Sabbat Moon” opens as a lament, with guitars weeping melodic tears and the bass — though subdued — becoming much more expressive. The song builds in heaviness much more organically and for that reason, it succeeds. At the mid-way point, the song is an explosion of embers; electrifying riffs move alongside a power surge of drums at an exciting pace. Ten minutes is too long, though, and the band fills the remaining three minutes with loose noodling that serves little purpose.

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The eleven-minute closing track “Senescent and Supreme” enchants with its unpredictable progressions, merging softer moments with spurts of black metal rage. The song is crammed with exciting moments that fuse elements of every genre into one big mixing pot of hate. From the six-minute point onward the black-metal weed blossoms into a many headed flower of extreme metal joy. Sumptuous soloing, glittering licks, crunching grooves, sludge-esque bellows, jazzy drum fills, deep-sea doom riffs, and a general hotchpotch of styles works to wondrous effect. But it’s all too little too late.

The songs are too long. Of the six, four run over seven minutes. Fourth track “Shattering Light’s Creation” is just as chaotic and messy as “Haunting Black Affinity” and “The Call To Chaos,” however, it runs for just under three minutes, meaning the chaos can be consumed with much greater ease. For the most part, though, the album meanders and drifts into the abyss like blind men driving a submarine. The production is muddy verging on stifling, and the grander moments of the album are not able to reach their full majesty because of this. There are some excellent moments littered throughout and Tyrannosorceress have a real sense of “feel” when delving into the subtler parts of songs. Their looser tendencies, such as at the end of the final track, are much more memorable. For a debut album, this is a decent release. Keep an eye on the magical roar of the Tyrannosorceress.

Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Self Release
Websites: tyrannosorceress.com | facebook.com/tyrannosorceress
Releases Worldwide: June 23rd, 2017

  • John Mosley

    Tyranosorceress… The Tyrant Wizard King.

    • [not a Dr]

      The she-wizard that exerts unrestrained authority over a nation/city-state/other.
      “King” would be “Rex”.
      They could also have used Dictatrixincantatrix, but it may loose the original implication of tyrant, as the ancient Greeks saw it.

  • Zach Ward

    Sure, Tyranosorceress is a stupid name, but it’s one of the most original band names I’ve ever heard as well. So is that good or bad? I have no idea…

    Great review too but I feel literally everyone will be transfixed on their name for a while cause it much more interesting than their music to me.

    • sir_c

      It certainly is good for Google’s SEO rankings, unlike ‘Evil’ or ‘Dark Lord’, I must say that.

  • herrschobel

    imagine the pile of parchment wildly inscribed with all the Bandnames they didn´t use !!!

    very good first paragraph i must say … sets the mood perfectly. Unfortunately it also made me dismiss the band as somewhat to nerdy for my tastes. The music eventually didn´t help either .. not my cup of brew.

  • rumour

    I’d see that movie after the opening blurb. Sweet written review of a mixed bag. Kudos, Aker.

    • KBien13

      I’m with ya. Maybe they can run a double feature with this and Sharknado.

  • GrimStilt

    Somewhere they call the content in the opening para as a PJ(Poor Joke)

    • Acid Spine

      Somewhere they call this comment stupid as fuck.

      • GrimStilt

        Good stuff

  • lennymccall

    Hmm well they’re local for me and I’ve been into them for a while now. I got the whole record early and loved every minute of it. Guess I’m biased tho. It’ll be interesting to see how others review this after it comes out.

    • Name’s Dalton

      It’s good.

  • Kill The King

    Been anticipating this album. Kind of sad it’s just a 2.5 though. Where’s the reviews for the new Fetus and Broken Hope?

  • I love the band name and the cover art is very cool. However, I think a cover similar to the Perpetual Rage cover would be more appropriate. I can see it now, a poorly drawn T-Rex wearing a wizards robe and pointed hat. He’d need his legs to look like they’re different sizes and his eyes to be uneven to bring it all together.

  • Chris

    I’ve heard the word “hodgepodge”, but never “hotchpotch”. Turns out it’s actually a real word. Kudos for making me learn something new today.

    • I had the same thought. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one!

  • EnslavedEld73

    I love the guitar.

  • Me

    4.0 just for the band name.

  • defjam

    Once upon a time a tyrannosaurus humped a sorceress (preferably Opeth’s) and lo and behold… the mighty Tyrannosorceress was born.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Tyrannosorceress? Wow. One of the crappiest band names ever.

    • Joshua Walker

      if by “crappiest”, you mean “best”, I completely agree with you. :-)

      • Oscar Albretsen

        Best? It’s on par with something an 8 year old would come up with, then his parents would smile politely and roll their eyes when he told them. Man, what’s happening to this genre?

        • I would have went with Tyrannowhore myself.

          • sir_c

            Oh you have met my mother in law I hear?

          • Oscar Albretsen

            That would a little better. Just combining two totally unrelated words with the same syllable isn’t what annoys me. I just can’t get why so many people here are acting like it’s some inspired creative acumen to do so. Well, I guess if you blow your load when someone insults a band because one of the members has a beard, you’ll find this to be genius, too.

    • sir_c

      Not as bad as Pterodactentacles or Velocirapist though

      • Name’s Dalton

        Velocirapist is an incredible band name!

      • [not a Dr]

        Triceragoats: what you get when you breed a goat with a unicorn.

  • Thatguy

    Band photometer says – long serious songs despite the dumb band name and Thatguy will probably like it.

    I think I will check this out.

    • [not a Dr]

      Funny. My mouse-over-of-embedded-YouTube-video-meter just coughed up the same result.

  • Nukenado

    How is this band not a parody of power metal with that name?

  • Mark Z

    This is my favorite intro to a review ever.

  • Bryan Stroup

    Do they actually think vocals sounding like they are coming from the back of a cave sounds good? It’s as if they purposefully recessed them, because I’m not sure you could accidentally make everything much louder, almost entirely drowning them out. Vocals: they’re the new bass!

    • [not a Dr]

      I actually like that. Saor do something similar and send the vocals to the back of the mix.

  • Drew Music

    Happy, is that you hiding there in the introductory paragraph?

  • sir_c

    How the fuck you gonna cast a spell with those short arms?