"Tyrant" is the second full length studio album from Australian deathcore band Aversions Crown,
released 21st November 2014 on the Nuclear Blast label.
One glance at Tyrant’s artwork will give prospective listeners a pretty clear clue as to what this album revolves around. Namely, an alien invasion, further evidenced by track titles such as “Earth Steriliser” and “Xenoforms”. Through all the rapid blast beats and crushing breakdowns, Aversions Crown weaves tales of extraterrestrial life and destruction at the hands of advanced technology. All the while the music creates an ominous tapestry for the lyrics to advance over. The technicality is most definitely there to a degree, blast beats and rapid tremolo picking being staples of the band’s sound, but there is a much greater emphasis on heavy grooves and dark atmospheres. In fact the atmosphere is much of what makes the record stand out, and proves that the artwork and lyrics aren’t the only reasons I label this space themed.
Tyrant proves to be a breath of fresh air into Australia’s deathcore scene, one that may set a standard for underground bands to come. Despite a few flaws, this is an enjoyable and extremely well executed release that was quite some time in the making. Aversions Crown certainly have their work cut out for them trying to top Tyrant.
Reviewed by Brett Tharp for sputnikmusic.com.