Tyranny of Hours


Tyranny of Hours was formed in 2010 by songwriting nucleus Michelle Mattair and Don Graham. With drummer Russ Rosenbalm and keys player James Borst, they blended European Metal, Progressive Rock, and 70’s Fusion influences to create their own sound.

They soon set out to write and independently release an album which could stand with major label releases of the genre. However, Borst and Rosenbalm moved out of state in mid-2011 for family and business reasons, leaving the duo to resume the hunt for that elusive complement of players able to keep pace with the demands of that style of music’s complexity.

Undaunted, Graham and Mattair hit the studio, employing session drummer Larry London in October 2011 to record the single, “Amber”. With Graham handling guitar, bass, keys, and orchestration, they completed writing and recording of their self-titled debut by end of 2012, inviting young axe prodigy Matt Galligan of local band, Never Awake, to add a harmony piece to create a signature double-guitar solo for “Legacy”.  Jordan Harrington joined the band in time to contribute a few bass parts to the final song on the CD, “Dark Symphony”.

Tyranny of Hours” was released March 2013 and quickly racked up positive fan and press reviews worldwide, generating international buzz as an up and coming artist. The band immediately followed with a self-promoted, standing room only, summer CD release performance in their hometown of Portland, Oregon.

But as (bad) luck would have it, Mattair was diagnosed with a serious illness and underwent major surgery just weeks after that show. The band’s early momentum quietly dwindled.  Harrington relocated out of state that fall to pursue a long-planned art career. Tyranny of Hours remained inactive as a band through the rest of 2013, although Graham returned to the studio to write new songs for a 2nd album.

Mattair was on the mend by early spring 2014 and events took another positive turn when Matt Galligan offered to play bass for the band, officially joining the line up in summer 2014. TOH self-promoted and headlined a full Halloween concert that fall, playing their entire album, showcasing several new songs as well, and sealing their reputation as an emerging live act already capable of delivering a vibrant, first-rate show.

Following the success of their October concert and the increased momentum it generated, TOH made a surprise move by releasing London, citing logistics and scheduling as some of the reasons.  The band promptly welcomed to the fold, Galligan’s longtime Never Awake band mate and highly accomplished metal drummer, Alex McDonald.

The new rhythm section has vastly intensified the precise, progressive metal nature of TOH — exactly as Mattair and Graham had originally envisioned. A fully revitalized Tyranny of Hours is now focused on building their reputation and fan base through a series of live performances, creating a professional video, and finishing writing and recording of their highly-anticipated 2nd album.