Kingdom of Tyrants



Out of the Boston area rises a new metal beast ready to take on the world. But its musical ancestry is neck-deep - it comprises the STEEL ASSASSIN guitar duo of Kevin Curran and Michael Mooney who teamed up with other veterans of the local '80s metal scene: the original MELIAH RAGE vocalist Mike Munro and drummer Stuart Dowie. Drawing heavily on the mythology and history of mankind, their debut album brings their take on classic heavy metal mixed with a dose US power. This masterwork shows a wide breadth of distinct, remarkable and consistently heavy songs with driving rhythms, catchy melodies and plenty of hooks. The rhythm section represents a bombast of anger and furious beauty, the riffs are massive and the inspired leads exude pure talent and class. Atop of this foundation, Munro's powerful bellow evokes the alpha wolf lusting after the thrill of the hunt. The excellence and confidence expected from such seasoned musicians is complemented by superb production. The band remains grounded in the footprints of masters like METAL CHURCH, SAVATAGE, ACCEPT, JUDAS PRIEST, ARMORED SAINT or HERETIC, but doesn't sound exactly like any of them, having already forged their own personal style.


April 2023

The blacksmith painstakingly melts, hammers and handcrafts history's most powerful weapons. With each hardened blow against his anvil, sparks fly. Iron striking metal resounds and breathes life into what was previously lifeless.


Hailing from the streets of Boston represents a challenging gauntlet. The musical ancestry is neck deep. It's the pedigree of legends and the living embodiment of musical history. Her well worn stages and dank rehearsal rooms are littered with those who sought to write their own chapter.

Separately, the members of KoT represent the consummation of royal families in the proud lineage of Boston metal. Metal pioneers STEEL ASSASSIN spawned the guitar duo of Kevin Curran and Mike Mooney. In the tradition of European titans Thin Lizzy, Accept and Judas Priest, the pair forged far more than a musical bond. Their shared harmony is a brotherhood, distilled by a vintage only time can produce.

The rhythm section of Stuart Dowie and Dave Liolios represent a bombast of anger and furious beauty. Their approach bred by the combative blue collar neighborhoods of their childhood, where, if the boys wanna fight, you better let them.

Standing atop a foundation this thick requires a presence equal to the task. Enter Michael Munro. The former spearhead of MELIAH RAGE and longtime bandmate of Dowie was the only one who could shoulder such Herculean armor. His powerful bellow evokes the alpha wolf lusting after the thrill of the hunt. Head held high, like the mighty Spartacus. In his way, no one will stand.

Drawing heavily on the mythology and history of mankind, KoT takes direct musical aim at the status quo while remaining grounded in the footprints of masters. Theirs is a mission of conquest and perseverance. Soldiers fueled by a noble journey wielding the most powerful weapon this realm has ever known. Heavy Metal.

Their magnum opus "Architects of Power" was birthed from collaborative writing sessions between Curran, Mooney and Munro. This band of rogues contributed ideas with complete freedom to alter, reconstruct and transform what others put forth. This magical alchemy begat something more extraordinary than what any member could individually craft. The resulting masterwork represents a wide breadth of distinct, remarkable, and consistently heavy songs.

The final puzzle piece revealed itself in the form of Metal on Metal Records, a boutique European label focused on old school heavy metal. Having been dedicated fans for several decades, they consistently pay homage to a scene that enriches legions of fans by supporting and promoting the very best the genre has to offer.

US Power/Heavy Metal

USA (Boston, MA), 2021

Mike Munro (vocals)
Kevin Curran (guitars)
Mike Mooney (guitars)
Dave Liolios (bass)
Stu Dowie (drums)

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"Architects of Power" (2023)
Full-length, Metal On Metal Records