Getting something of a reboot from signing to a label, Coffee Jingle Records, UK metal band Ravenous will be releasing their first album, We Are Become Death. The band dates back several years as a cover band playing thrash and groove metal. Their first album was self-promoted earlier in 2015.
Ravenous and their sound, in some sense, has a foot in both past and present. At the core of their sound is the basic heavy thrash metal made famous in the Eighties by the Big Four. Alternatively, there's a certain brashness from their presentation that smacks of the harsh hardcore side of modern metal. The riffage is immense, intense, and basically in your face. Yet, to the former old school metal, roaming around and twisting itself is latent melody and harmony. Twin guitars help with that. Then there's monumental amounts of blistering leads, another thing from past times and not necessarily a standard of modern metal.
Yet, when I listen to Ravenous and this album, I can't help but hear one band. Metallica. Metallica, maybe if they didn't make And Justice For All. There's something about the riffage and chord structure in the songs. Then there's Dave Game's voice, where he seems desperately trying to mimic James Hetfield's raspy presentation. Game even does some of those short Hetfield grunts to start or within songs. Next is the song arrangements, Easter Island, for instance. It mimics one of Metallica's trademarks, the gentle guitar opening before going into full blown thrash mode. Adds the mixed staccato drumming and the wavering lead guitar sound. All then wrapped up in groove and melody. It makes it one of the best songs here. Suffocate is another that draws from this formula.
Hey. What does it matter? Imitation is flattery, don't they say. So they sound not unlike (ouch, a double negative) Metallica, I like what Ravenous is doing. Listening to this album, I had the same feeling I got from listening to Ride The Lightning or Master Of Puppets. I liked the power, intensity, roaring riffs, bombing drums, and ape shit crazy guitar solos. Far as I'm concerned, Ravenous can keep doing what they're doing. Besides, there's little chance that that little self-centered rich boy Lars Ulrich and his dudes will be doing anything comparable, any time soon. Easily recommended.
So they sound like early Metallica, I like what Ravenous is doing. Listening to this album, I had the same feeling I got from listening to Ride The Lightning or Master Of Puppets. I liked the power, intensity, roaring riffs, bombing drums, and ape shit crazy guitar solos. Far as I'm concerned, Ravenous can keep doing what they're doing.
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