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Tymo, "The Art of a Maniac" Album Review

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About Canada's Thrash Metal Band Tymo

Tymo is yet another thrash metal band from the United States’ northern neighbor of Canada. Their 3rd studio album The Art of a Maniac is another impressive musical gem. Their style is similar to the other Canadian thrash metal band Terrifier only even better. The vocals aren’t as intense but they make up for that with better guitar play.

Abou Tymo's Musical Style

Stylistically, Tymo is similar to bands such as Hexen and Havok with these sharp, punishing riffs and complex lead guitar parts. If it isn’t at least somewhat evident that Canada has grown into a nation with a great and developing thrash metal scene then some fans haven’t been paying attention. The songs on here are loud, angry, complex and GOOD!

"Tymonicide"

There Is Very Little Wrong With Tymo's 3rd Studio Album

The only real con that I can see from an outsider’s perspective as a metal fan is that there is some profanity in the lyrics but if that’s the only thing you have to be concerned about in a musical work, that one factor alone generally isn’t a deal breaker.

A Brief Album Musical Introduction

About the Songs In "The Art of a Maniac" and Lyrical Themes

This isn’t your ordinary thrash metal band though as the first song titled “Tymonicide” presents to the ear. It starts with this sort of neoclassical guitar style beginning followed by a Death Magnetic influenced guitar and then a creative solo. This first song is actually an instrumental song but the style will show you that Canada’s Tymo is also influenced by bands that started in the latter portions of the 1980s, one of them being Blind Guardian. This album is described succinctly as “a golden shower of thrash metal” which is rather interesting because I wouldn’t quite say that the album is flawless though. Lead guitarist and vocalist Tim Tymo explains that the album’s title is more than just a few words. It is to show the lost faith in humanity. One thing that we shouldn’t lose faith over is the fact that we have another quality thrash metal band from Canada that is out to show that they can play with any band in the world.

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Lyrically, though the album is about the breakdown of human society as a whole in addition to themes such as feminism which is described in the song “Estrogenocide.” “The Roy Parson Project” is another song that many of us can relate to. We always do these various things in the pursuit of happiness in order to escape the drudgery of every day. It almost seems like people sign their lives away to a life of misery in order to make others happy. Lyrically, the album may be about the loss of faith in humanity but the lyrics can speak to people’s minds and really have them thinking about what is necessary for the world to get back on track. There is a lengthy description of some of the biggest human vices such as the effects of a binge drinking environment in the song called “Alcoholocaust.”Lyrically there definitely is an angry feel to a large degree even if the vocal style isn’t the most extreme sounding. The other thing is that for some people this album may be too much to handle because of the lyrics but for an avid thrash metal fan, this album should definitely be enjoyable. “The Art of a Maniac” stylistically is a mix of early and later Megadeth so you can think of it as a hybrid mix of Megadeth’ first album combined with the feel of a later Megadeth album. For an album of its length The Art of a Maniac is an impressive display of modern thrash metal combined with a touch of neoclassical guitar work in the mix.

"Age of Deception"

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