Epic/power metal act Arrayan Path is ready to return with a new release! “Thus Always to Tyrants” – this is the album name – will be released on December 9th! This will be the 9th by the Cypriot band, and it will be released via Pitch Black Records!
The album’s 13 songs – including 2 bonus tracks available on CD – stand out for their great songwriting quality, from all points of view. Nicholas Leptos’ immense vocal performance, the refined melodic research, the variety of riffs and drum fills, place “Thus Always to Tyrants” among the most convincing power metal releases this year.
“Thus Always to Tyrants” is also the band’s first “true” concept album and the tracklisting follows the story in chronological order. The story is that of King Evagoras, the ruler of the Kingdom of Salamis in Cyprus. Frontman Nicholas Leptos and the band’s driving force comments:
“We decided to address a great moment in the history of our country, Cyprus, and tell the tale of King Evagoras (one of the most important figures in Cypriot history). He was the ruler of the Kingdom of Salamis (not to be confused with the island of Salamis in Greece) and a brave warrior, politician and admirer of Hellenistic culture at the time (end of 5th century B.C. to beginning of 4th century B.C.).
The chronicle covers the origins of the story, the King’s life, death, wars, achievements and a short aftermath. There will be Usurpers, there will be Persians, there will be Spartans, battles and sieges, there will be blood!”
“Thus Always to Tyrants” has been recorded at Take Away Studios, produced by Slava Selin. Mixed and mastered at Domination Studio in San Marino by Simone Mularoni. The artwork is by Giannis Nakos of Remedy Art Design.