80s Metal Pioneers Tytan NWOBHM Classic
by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator December 5, 2016
I was 14 in 1981 and 80s metal was all I wanted to listen to. There were so many great albums that came out of 1981. Somehow this album slipped by me. Believe me, I would have bought this album just because of the cover.
Highlights of Tytan Rough Justice
Tytan is a London based melodic heavy metal band originally formed in 1981. Featuring Kal Swan on lead vocals, guitarists Steve Gibbs and Stuart Adams along with Kevin Riddles (Angel Witch) on bass and Dave Dufort (Angel Witch) on drums.
1. Blind Men and Fools – So appropriate for today’s corrupt political atmosphere. Liars, blind men and fools is the perfect description for both the republicans and the democrats.
2. Money for Love – An ode to the world’s oldest profession. A twisted tale of a poor bastard that buys sex from a prostitute and falls in love with her. Enjoyable mid tempo rocker but not as good as Blind Men and Fools.
3. Women on the Frontline – A bleak dystopian nightmare is portrayed. I find this to be a good song with a really nice early 80s Heavy Metal sound.
4. Cold Bitch – A straight ahead misogynist rocker complete with a guitar solo that makes your eyes bleed. Works for me.
5. Ballad of Edward Case – Vocally a throw away filler track. The guitar work is good on it. I would recommend skipping this one.
The Watcher– This track starts out with a very good drum solo which is quickly followed by the band kicking into another heavy track about our dystopian future with big brother. Replace Big Brother with the NSA and you have a prophetic song about the reality of the Prison Planet and police state in America today.
8. Far Cry – A solid rocker that incorporates a little boogie woogie piano into the mix. Just when you are ready to skip this track it get’s interesting enough musically to stay with. Lyrically it is a complete throw away track.
9. Sadman – Slow acoustic guitar song with beautiful vocal performance. Their Ronnie James Dio Rainbow influences are showing here. Fortunately this is only the first 1:30 of the track. The rest of the song kicks in with another plodding heavy filler track.
11. Don’t Play Their Way – The band is completely out of gas creatively at this point. That is a shame because this album starts out with such promise. Skip it.
Can Tytan save side two?
12. Far Side of Destiny-Starts off with a beautiful soft guitar intro that sounds like Slash. This is quickly followed by harmonizing vocals, then soaring vocals and now it sounds like a Boston song. Style wise this song is all over the place. Not a bad 80s metal song but not good enough to redeem side two.
Unfortunately, Rough Justice would prove to be the band’s only release as they had already broken up by the time the album was released in 1985.
Tytan Rough Justice comes roaring out of your stereo with heavy guitar riffs, melodic vocals and a rock solid metal rhythm section. The first side is pure 80s metal, while side two is more miss than hit.
Titan’s style on Rough Justice is reminiscent of early the Black Sabbath albums. Especially the way they skillfully mix controversial political lyrics and lighter musical elements. The end result is a very heavy sounding album overall.
I highly recommend side one of this album for any fans of the early NWOBHM sound.
Crank it up and enjoy!