Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Ramming Speed - Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die
Witness that cover, in terms of metal archetypes:
1 wolf, 1 skull, 1 diamond, 1 eye-of-Sauron-ish eyeball (at bottom).
This perhaps-symbol/ possible logo of the band perfectly encapsulates (or really bursts apart that capsule) their sound: metal, via any and every sub-genre. There's definitely thrash, definitely hardcore, some grindcore that may or may not be death/grind, a bit of NWOBHM, wafts of power metal, even a sense of humor not unlike Scatterbrain (e.g., I'm sure they know the Army of Darkness/ Ben Hur reference that is their name)-- and it works together like a good chili: tons of ingredients, but one overall taste.
Remarkable that these Bostonians have managed to have an easily-ID-able sound so soon in their career. Well done, men. Well done.
Needn't bother with song titles, here's the album, sonically-speaking:
Open with Dio-ish, end of the world chord which bleed into perfect thrash with raspy appropriate vocals... man that drummer is fucking good... vocal powerful like Chuck Billy... oh, now there's blastbeats... now we've Scatterbrain as thrash band, gang vocals on the title track... these guys don't give a fuck with this solo... "Anticipating Failure," starts with the perfect, furious thrash, via MOD or Gothic Slam...?
Primarily? Thrash. More specific? Thrash with blackened, deathly, hardcore-ishly-doomed power metal. Overall? Just heavy metal, man. Or:
A heavier, meaner-yet-more-humorous Revocation?
Shit, I don't know. Just listen and/or buy it already, eh?