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Tytan - 2017 Justice Served

ALBUM: Justice Served
LABEL: High Roller Records
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Tom Barna - guitar, vocals * Kev Riddles - bass * Dave Strange - guitar * Andy Thompson - keyboards * James Wise - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 Love You To Death * 03 Fight The Fight * 04 Spitfire * 05 Reap The Whirlwind * 06 Midnight Sun * 07 Forever Gone * 08 Billy Who * 09 Hells Breath * 10 One Last Detail * 11 Worthy Of Honour * 12 The Cradle



With an album cover which looks like artwork from the Warhammer 40000 series, and a logo stolen from Saxon, British metallers Tytan have been a long time gone but return with a brand new album. Tytan were active during the NWOBHM era, eventually having an LP posthumously released in 1985 called 'Rough Justice' (recorded in 1983 but the original label went bust), plus a 1982 EP: 'Blind Men And Fools'. The band was formed by former Angelwitch bassist Kevin Riddles, and also featured Kal Swan who went on to sing with American bands Lion and Bad Moon Rising. Other notables included drummers Les Binks (Judas Priest) and Simon Wright (AC/DC and Dio). A solid line-up indeed, pity their label Kamaflage were as hopeless as tits on a bull.

The Songs
Wind the clock forward to 2017, and German label High Roller Records have jumped in with a deal, and a new record. The reformed band have been together since 2012 playing European and British festivals, so their new effort 'Justice Served' is perhaps a dose of karma, considering their struggles and misfortune from back in the 80's. Musically, this is more to the hard rock side of metal. The big keyboard splash on 'Intro' makes way for the Thin Lizzy like 'Love You To Death', but the vocals from singer Tom Barna did not give a good account of things. 'Fight The Fight' is a very tough rocker and chugs away mercilessly. 'Spitfire' gallops along in Motorhead fashion, while 'Reap The Whirlwind' is the album's power-ballad moment. An acoustic ballad 'Midnight Sun' cools heels, and is quite lilting and gentle. The dual guitar combination continues on 'Forever Gone', but again as mentioned, this is definitely a hard rock outing than a pure heavy metal onslaught.

'Billy Who' is a rockin' instrumental. If you like these things then hang around, if not, move on. Andy Thompson's keyboards take a front-seat on 'Hell's Breath', but the song itself is a disappointment. The drums tick away like a metronomic click-track on 'One Last Detail', a blue-styled hard rocker with the occasional organ blast. 'Worthy Of Honour is a 50/50 track; that is, an acoustic ballad for exactly half the run-time, the remainder opening out with big guitar solos through the 6 plus minute duration. 'The Cradle' ends the album, a stop-start affair which obviously has a message, and drives hard to the end with an Iron Maiden styled gallop to the finish line.

In Summary
Tytan have taken the same restorative path as other British 80's bands such as Gaskin, Vardis, Diamond Head, Quartz and more recently Mythra, in returning to prominence. Unfortunately just last week, singer and guitarist Tom Barna announced he was leaving the band for personal reasons, so this is a bit of a setback considering there is a Summer series of gigs coming up. They may be three decades out of their comfort zone, but I think it's always a good thing to see bands like these still pretending like they are spring chickens. Good on them!

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