Hirum Lohr takes us through Tyrants and Men
Thousand Year War is the brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Hirum Lohr, who hails from Haines, Alaska. The war began in 2008 with the sonic cacophony which would become the band’s debut EP, released as Shadow of the Colossus. The positive response from the EP led Hirum and company to work towards a full length album. Months after the first ep the band went in to record with Ryan Brownell and in a period of 7 days had laid down the vocals, guitars, and bass. They tapped session drummer Fredrik Widigs (Angrepp, Desultor, The Ugly) who recorded the drum tracks at Prime Cut Studios in Sweden, in the summer of ’09. Fredrik Lunneborg at Primecut Studios mixed the final product and Dan Ferguson oatAbyss Records snapped it up. This summer Thousand Year War released its debut album, Tyrants and Men. That initial EP can be downloaded for free on the band’s Facebook page.
This week Hirum Lohr took time to fill Metalholic in on the band’s debut Tyrants and Men, track by track.
This song lays out an epic battle scene, but not in a pagan sense….its all about finding power in yourself and banding together with other like minded individuals in defiance to the new world order/political system/governments.
The beginning is a hard hitting thrashing riff that goes in a melodic chorus and a brutal breakdown….
2. The Sea
Written out of my passion for well…the sea of course! I lived by the ocean in Alaska and fished commercially. There was so much power in the Seas that I felt I had to translate it into music. The result was a song was a good representation of the seas, full of different emotions and feelings. The beginning is rocking just like how the ocean gets wild and out of hand…then the chorus is very smooth and biting….almost raw if you will and goes into an interesting and creative lead break which leads right back into the rocking first riffs of the song and ends telling the story of someone tragically but happily giving their life to the power of the sea!
3. No Gods, No Masters
Especially proud of this track. It is a rocking anti-government anthem that should get everyone banging their head and throwing their fists in the air! I wanted to create something happy and melodic that was also just dripping with menace….menace towards powers that want nothing but to control us as human beings. The chorus in the song is also very open and original with passionate vocals and very emotional lyrics. “No Gods, No Masters” is a call out for people to make a choice to not be enslaved by other people…a choice made with your mind.
4. Thousand Year War
TYW is a very powerful song! The opening is fast tremelo picking riffs with thunderous drums and unrelenting double bass. It goes into a hard hitting punchy break down and back into the fast opening riff. Middle of the song is a crushing chorus with evil low and hi vocals combined that will make everyone sing along to it. Lyrically TYW is about the crusaders and how their lineage and the same sort of people exist today that are using religion to extort control over others, like George Bush and his fellow skull and bones/illuminati bastards.
5. Open Casket
My personal favorite on the album. Unrelenting and thrashy fast song. After a the thrashy element of the opening riff there is an epic tremlo picking chorus with high and biting vocals that rip you apart and leads into one of the most unusual and hard hitting riffs on this entire album!
I originally had written “Open Casket” on the wall in my cabin one day…I had pretty much a vision of how people are basically living dead lives. The walking dead…no souls, no inspiration. Seems people are living dead alive…out of their open casket.
6. The Storm I Ride ( I cover )
“Storm I Ride” is a cover of Abbath’s band ‘I‘. Very rocking, almost black ‘n roll song. We did a very good cover of this one!!!!!!
7. Warriors of Deceit
WOD is a prodding war anthem….all about a league of undead warriors force to constantly relive a battle they have fought over and over again. Almost like a valhalla story but touching on the more nightmarish aspects of having to do battle day after day. This song has alot of elements which includes a sort of folkish riff in the middle which adds to the originality. Just one of those songs you need to experience for themselves.
8. One Final Breath
This song almost has a sort of power metal feel to it in the opening….very fast palm muted riffage and double bass and drums that follow efficiently along. The subsequent riff has alot of triplets and fast drum work and angry vocals. Lyrically OFB touches on how in war there really is no glory. The message we here from so many bands is the glory of war….? How many guys do you know that write lyrics like this have actually fought in war. War is hell, and its useless….this is the tracks message.
I am absolutely inspired by the legend of Spartacus! He seemed to me like a rebel to the state and power of the roman empire. A warrior that served his men rather than some sadistic state and social order. The riffs are of course low and brutal to emphasize the brutality and ferociousness of the battles spartacus led to free his men. The choruses are anthems that I was trying to make as the voice of Spartacus speaking to his men.
10. Tyrants and Men
Tyrants and Men is an extremely fast black metal track with unrelenting fast picking riffs and blasting drums……chorus is punchy and powerful. A very nice transition from the opening riff which subsequently leads back to the blasting opener. In the middle of the song the breakdown is just simply tasty and crushing. Hits you in the face like a 10 ton shit hammer! The angry vocals and lyrical content will inspire the listener to raise their fist and scream with me! Ill end with a lyrical excerpt from this song…remember, the tyrants are the New World Order/controlling powers….
Rise up against the tyrants
Come forth, wield your sword
Raise your fist, smash them down
Scream with me, forever more
Align the sky, with swords and shields
Crush them down, into the earth
Grind their bones, within the fields
Smash their system, for all its worth
The band is currently working on its new EP Doom Rides These Mountains.