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Album review: Tyranex “Death Roll” | 80s-style thrash metal from Sweden

Sweden’s Tyranex gives us old-school thrash metal on its brand new album, “Death Roll”. Nothing has happened since the 80s here and that’s a good thing.

Tyranex is all about straightforward, old-school thrash metal played very fast, just the way we like it. When listening to Tyranex’s new album, it is obvious that absolutely nothing has happened since the 80s here. Great stuff.

The vocalist sounds pissed off like a mistreated cat on a hot tin roof. You probably don’t want to make this lady cross or she’ll get her claws out. Her in-your-face vocals fit the music like a glove. The music on this album is fast and furious, at times running into speed metal territory. There are bundles of energy bursting out here.

When I listen to this the first time, it reminds me somewhat of Ice Age, the Swedish thrash metal veterans from the mid-80s. I soon find out why: vocalist and guitarist Linnea Landstedt plays in both bands. In Tyranex she is joined by Nino Vukovic on guitar, Majsan Lindberg on bass and Pontus Pettersson-Gull on drums.

“Death Roll” is the band’s third album and if you like 80s thrash metal, this is rock solid. The title track is a hit and another favourite here is the track “Bloodflow” and “Blade of the Sacrificer” is so fast and angry it makes me exhausted. This is angry kick-ass music. I love this band. You should too.

Tyranex’s “Death Roll” album is out now via GMR Music.