Phoenix-based quartet, LAGO, will embark on The Tyranny Tour this week, taking the blackened death metal ferocity of their menacing debut LP, Tyranny, to nine cities across the Western US. The trek begins in Flagstaff, Arizona, this Friday, April 24th, after which the outfit will topple Long Beach, Los Osos, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City and Denver through May 2nd.
Tyranny, initially released on CD in September 2014 via Battleground Records, was unveiled on a limited vinyl run through Blood Harvest Records in March. Produced by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) and mastered by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering (Incantation, Exhumed, Today is the Day), LAGO’s forty minutes of primal, breakneck death metal are infused with an ominous, blackened atmosphere. Issued Invisible Oranges of the band’s output, “the Phoenix quartet plays competent and well-executed death metal… Besides a blackened foray here and a chamber music segue there, they blast along like streamlined icons, strengthened by a proven Floridian flow.” MetalSucks called in an equally positive write-up: “LAGO know when to beat you over the head with sheer brutality, they know when to slow things down for gargantuan effect, and they know how write a real, artful guitar solo. In short, they’re the perfect death metal band.” Headbang Or GTFO gave the record a 5/5, issuing, “Tyranny is a modern day death metal masterpiece, that features some of the best things to happen to the genre but keeping it simple and relatively grim. And No Clean Singing called Tyranny, “…top-shelf death metal, like some hellish blackened offspring of early Morbid Angel and Disma, fully armed with an arsenal of impressive technical chops and infectious hooks…Tyranny has vaulted onto our list of highly anticipated 2014 albums.”
LAGO Tyranny Tour:
4/24/2015 The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ
4/25/2015 Blacklight District Lounge – Long Beach, CA
4/26/2015 Sweet Springs Saloon – Los Osos, CA
4/27/2015 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
4/28/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
4/29/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/30/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
5/01/2015 The Bridge – Salt Lake City, UT
5/02/2015 The Marquis – Denver, CO
Digital orders for Tyranny can be placed with the band HERE, and the physical versions through Battleground Records; CD HERE, red vinyl, limited to 100 copies HERE, and the black vinyl in a run of 200 available HERE. LAGO will have limited quantities of the vinyl out with them on the tour as well; seeing them live is the only way to get the wax from the band.
LAGO is also planning out the recording of their follow-up LP to Tyranny and more widespread tour actions to follow. Stand by for updates in the near future.