Tykküs - Ümlaut (independent)
1. "Born to
2. "Convince You" (4:27)
3. "Warfare" (6:25)
4. "With His Love" (3:44)
5. "Born to Die" [demo/bonus track] (5:00)
Tykküs are pure
heavy metal in the tradition of bands like Leatherwolf, Saint, Sword,
and even a bit of early Dokken.
Musically the band combines heavy 1980's style guitar riffs, with melodic
guitar solos, some dual leads, thumpin' bass and Randy Michaud's (Troglodyte
Dawn/ex-D.T. Seizure) clean
metal howl. Together they create four songs each as good as the next.
All four tracks have a memorable chorus, that will have you singing along
within a listen or two. Waaaarfare! Waaaarfare! The battle is done.
Waaaarfare! Waaaarfare! By God's only Son. I suppose that some will
find the lyrics a bit too simplistic, but those of us who remember the
glory days of bands like Saint, Messiah Prophet, Whitecross and Bloodgood will appreciate
the approach. Tykküs
are as unashamed of being a traditional metal band as they are about their
straight forward evangelistic lyrics. Man, it's so good to hear some quality,
traditional heavy metal. I must have played this song CD fifteen times
in the week I have owned it so far.
Randy Michaud on
stage with Tykkus,
Phoenix, AZ (December 2005)