Tell us about the history of the band?
City Of Tyrants formed in 2015 in central NJ. We started the band with the goals of having fun and writing music we enjoyed. We’re just trying to put our own spin on the genre and hope that it’s well received.
How would you describe your music?
I think our new album offers a little bit of everything. We wanted it to be accessible to a wide range of listeners. There is definitely a strong focus on melody and big sing-along choruses. But, if you like gnarly breakdowns, chunky djenty riffs and intricate guitar work you’ll find it all on ‘Revelations’.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
We get asked this one a lot! Our guitar players love guys like Frederik Thordendal and John Petrucci. The work both of those guys have done with Meshuggah and Dream Theater laid out a lot of the groundwork for modern prog metal bands. Lukas Magyar of veil of maya was a huge inspiration as well. He co wrote vocals on the album with us. I cant say enough great things about that dude!
What record are you currently listening to?
Our playlists get a little crazy haha! In order, I last listened to Slaves-beautiful death, Eminem-Kamikaze, Meshuggah-chaosphere and Toothgrinders rendition of the chain by Fleetwood Mac.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We have yet to play the new songs live but we’re having a lot of fun running through our new single ‘Astral Projection’.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Throw us on any tour with Meshuggah and we’d probably all be pretty stoked!
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We haven’t been on tour yet with the new line-up but we’re looking forward to playing shows in a couple months.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
I think its definitely in a transitional phase. Streaming platforms are taking over and artists are still trying to figure out how to best profit from that. With that being said, I don’t think the state of the industry is bad. Right now, you have all the tools at your fingertips to get yourself heard.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
Keep pushing forward and never limit yourself! There is always so much room for improvement whether you see that now or not and you’re sound is going to evolve over time.
What are your future plans?
We’ll be hitting the road in the beginning of 2019 and playing these new songs for as many people as possible.