Arrayan Path return with a new studio release, “Thus Always to Tyrants”, only two years after “The Marble Gates to Apeiron”. The band’s new studio album is their first “actual” concept album, following the story of King Evagoras, who was the ruler of the Kingdom of Salamis (not to be confused with the island of Salamis in Greece) in Cyprus. King Evagoras was also a brave warrior, politician and admirer of Hellenistic culture at the time (end of 5th century B.C. to beginning of 4th century B.C.). The chronicle covers the origins of the story, the King’s life, death, wars, achievements and a short aftermath.
This epic tale is brought to life with the help of guest appearances from Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery), Paolo Viani (Warlord), Enzo Donnaruma (Enzo and the Glory Ensemble), Louis Syrimis (Zivanished, Infected Syren), Harrys Pari (Minus One), and lyre player Christina Polycarpou. The album was recorded at Take Away Studios in Cyprus, produced by Slava Selin, and mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Elvenking, Labÿrinth, Mastercastle, etc.) at Domination Studios in San Marino. Selin and Mularoni also contributed guitar solos to the album.
Musically, “Thus Always to Tyrants” continues the ban’s epic and power metal tradition, merging memorable melodies, heavy guitars, powerful drums, and fantastic vocals. The songs are well-written and the storyline adds an extra layer of drama to the already epic sound
While the album is around 77 minutes (with the two bonus tracks – “Deny/Destroy (Parts I & II): From a King to a King” and “Ancient Winds”), it never feels monotonous or overly long. Instead, each song is a well-crafted piece that adds to the overall experience. The band is able to keep things interesting by incorporating different styles and including a few surprises that are unlike anything they have done before.
All in all, Arrayan Path has delivered yet another exceptional album. “Thus Always to Tyrants” is an absolute must-listen for all the fans of epic power metal. The music, along with the epic story, will undoubtedly captivate the listeners and leave them craving more.
Despite their consistent and strong releases, Arrayan Path still remains one of the most underrated bands in the scene, and that’s a shame for such a talented group. In any case, the epic power metal devotees will enjoy it to the fullest!