Cry Havok


Although they premiered in Britain back in 1984 and were highly praised, TYSONDOG never saw […]
By Calen Nesten
February 26, 2015
Tysondog - Cry Havok album cover

Although they premiered in Britain back in 1984 and were highly praised, TYSONDOG never saw the fame of other New Wave British Metal bands. In spite of this they have never lost their drive and continue to play the music they know and love. Now, after more than 20 years, TYSONDOG is announcing a brand new, 12 track album, "Cry Havoc" out on the 20th of April, 2015.

The reason for the band's comeback is unclear, though it seems more than "hey honey! The band's getting back together!" TYSONDOG remains true to their NWOBHM roots, fast palm-muted power chords, screaming solos, and passionate vocals - they even include the requisite 80's power ballad in the song "Broken". However "Cry Havoc" lacks the raw power of TYSONDOG's previous records, the pace of the songs is a bit slower and it's obvious that Clutch's voice has taken some abuse over the past few years making him sound more like a punk singer (no hate there!).

When a band releases a new album after several years, it's usually a bad sign.  Although they have changed their format a bit, they did not try to update their image or style to fit in with new fans, they remain true to their musical roots. It's also evident that they don't seem to want to achieve the super-fame they were once denied, they simply want to create new music. In the end TYSONDOG's new album is a little campy and does sound a bit dated essentially, as "Cry Havoc" sounds like a tape you would find in your parent's basement. It's fun, but can get dull if you are expecting a more updated or recent sound.

Still, TYSONDOG still has talent and their recent album is perfect for younger Metal fans to start exploring the genre and its roots with a band that's still relatable.

5 / 10


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"Cry Havok" Track-listing:

1. Cry Havok
2. The Needle
3. Parasite
4. Nemesis
5. Shadow of the Beast
6. Into the Void
7. Playing with Fire
8. Relentless
9. Broken
10. Cold as Ice
11. Crash and Burn
12. Addiction

Tysondog Lineup:

Clutch Carruthers - Vocals
Kev Wynn - Bass
Paul Burdis -  Guitar
Phil Brewis - Drums
Steve Morrison - Guitar

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