Recent Reviews

November 2019

October 2019

[ More Music Reviews ]

Ravensire: The Cycle Never Ends
Ravensire The Cycle Never Ends CD Album Review

Ravensire: The Cycle Never Ends

Heavy/Power Metal

Formed only a short five years ago, Lisbon's Ravensire has had a consistent output. The band returns with the second full-length album, The Cycle Never Ends on the Cruz del Sur label.

Ravensire Band Photo


And that cycle is essentially "keep it true" heavy metal. Ravensire basically uses twin guitar harmony and riffage combined with a deep, often galloping, rhythm section to create, not merely a heavy sound, but a formidable wall of sound. This is accentuated by mixing tempos from near plodding doom metal to fast and furious speed metal. The final embellishment is massive amounts of bristling and soaring guitar solos. If you love lead guitar, you will dig this album. It's the perfect storm for classic heavy metal, and gives the band this large, even epic, sound without the use of keyboards or orchestration. But your going to need the lyric sheet handy as vocalist and bass player Rick Thor has rough raspy presentation that's not all that clear. It also appears that Ravensire puts some thought into the lyrical concepts. The final three songs, the White Pillars trilogy, has to do with the history of Sintra, a city not far from Lisbon, which has a rich history that dates back beyond the Moors occupation and the Crusades. Bottom line: Ravensire's The Cycle Never Ends is solid and substantial, guitar rich, classic heavy metal and may remind some of Manilla Road, a bit of Jag Panzer, Omen, and early Manowar. Recommended.

Share This Review with Your Friends - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

In Short

Ravensire's The Cycle Never Ends is solid and substantial, guitar glorifying, classic heavy metal. Recommended.

Find A Review

Alphabetical Index

a b c d e f g h i j
k l m n o p q r s t
u v w x y z #
Album of the Week
Read the Redline - Gods & Monsters Music Review

Really? Has it been seven years since we heard from Birmingham's Redline? That's way too long to have a new album from this talented traditional heavy metal band. But the passage of time hasn't been ... [ Read More ]

October 2019 Stats
  • Users: 4,796
  • New Users: 3,952
  • Sessions: 10,851
  • Pageviews: 52,234

Source: Google Analytics