THYREOS - I SON'T LIVE TO FAIL (Sliptrick Records/Pure Steel Publishing)


                               (Review by Officer Nice)

The Heavy Metal scène contains so much subgenres nowadays that it is difficult to follow any of them. Any subgenre delivers new bands that make it even more impossible to follow on what’s going on in our movement. I don’t lie when I say it was so much easier in the old days. There was Thrash, Glam and traditional Metal and that was about it. Any band in that time, who was able to get signed, could reach the crowd. Nowadays even the bands with a label aren’t sure to get their music to the public, a public that meanwhile grew to billions I suppose.

The result is that the chance is rather big that even good bands will stay forever under the surface. Once and a while I did discover such a band and Thyreos might be the next in line. This Swedish product is far too good to stay unknown. Not that I hear the newest sensation but I admit I really liked this one. Heading between Hard Rock and melodic Heavy Metal, with a bit of a touch of Power Metal these lads are presenting a fine album. The song writing is good and the band arranged twelve fascinating tracks.

This is the band’s  second effort and I am quite sure that fans of this kind of Heavy Metal will be pleased by “I Don’t Live To Fail”. The structures are well chosen, the melodic lines are well performed and I hear very good played leads. It’s something between Pretty Maids and Stratovarius, a style the Scandinavians meanwhile became legendary of.

I know there are lots of bands playing this style but Thyreos is able to overgrow most of them. The good performances are supported by good and pleasant sounding vocals, a man that listens to the name of Frederik Nordin is responsible for it. These Vikings have anything that is necessary to get my attention and I suppose this release will also convince you. An ideal band for the next PPM Festival, even bigger festivals should invite them so they can show the world what they are capable of.

This band delivers a record that is far too good to stay unknown. I can only advice you to give this one a shot. You will hear first class Melodic Heavy Metal. These musicians have the right vibe for the kind of music they represent. Tracks like “Wise Man’s Story”, “The Loathsome V” and “If Tomorrow Would Break Into Silence” are good songs to try this one out. Heard it all before? Maybe, yes but that doesn’t’ mean these guys are good, really good. The only thing I pity is the fact this promo was heavily damaged, which forced me to stop listening to the last songs. Check them out at

My Points: 85 / 100    


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish