Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ravens Creed - 'Ravens Krieg' (Album Review)

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 01/10/2015
Label: Xtreem Music



Once again, it is all about the riffs- Steve Watson managing to accurately mimic the sound of tanks rolling through your town and laying waste to it.  What you get is thirteen tracks of spiteful fury as the riffs and songs rage by.  If you like metal, you really should like Ravens Creed, being as they present the genre in its purest form: riffs, aggression, adrenaline and pace all combine to make a satanic racket of biblical (ha!) proportions.   Uncompromising, extreme music from an island of festering resentment. Hail The ‘Creed’


‘Ravens Krieg’ CD//DD track listing:

01. Rock Cemetery
02. Palmer the Harmer
03. Jungle Justice
04. Riding the Pillock
05. Lecturn of Burning Swords Reversed
06. Victory in Defeat
07. VIP Treatment
08. Go Home
09. Bitten By Witch Fever
10. Brigade '77
11. Dirty Diary
12. While You Were Sleeping
13. Carrion Screaming 


Ravens Creed is:

Steve Watson | Guitar
Jay Graham | drums
Rod Boston | Bass
Al Osta | Vocals


The Review

Nottingham's (and Leeds) noisiest bastards are back with this third full length release. Once again, it is all about the riffs- Steve Watson managing to accurately mimic the sound of tanks rolling through your town and laying waste to it, this is a major band selling point- but of course the whole band more than pulls their weight. I may be biased, but I think vocalist Al Osta is a better fit than Big Ben Ward of Orange Goblin who graced the first album. The vocals come thick, fast and unintelligible.

The record marks bassist Rod Boston's foray into full length territory with the band and the sound produced here is suitably rumbling and crushing. You get thirteen tracks of spiteful fury as the riffs and songs rage by. Most songs are around the two minute mark and take no prisoners. With the liner notes containing hateful song explanations rather than lyrics, you get a sense of the band's raison d'etre. ‘Rock Cemetery’ flies out of the speakers and there is no real let up. The songs remain taught, focused and well titled throughout (‘Riding The Pillock’?!).

Once again, Jay Graham makes the splinters fly from behind the kit. Accuracy and metronomical reliability are the hall marks of his playing. As the saying goes: Your band is only as good as your drummer... Witness the diminishing live presence of Metallica for proof.

‘Victory in Defeat’ marks a nice change of pace for the band, veering as it does into sludge and doom territory, and the album's half way point is reached. The likes of ‘VIP Treatment’ are feral fury crystallised into aural form as is ‘Go Home’ (and the rest of the album). By the time ‘Dirty Diary’ tears past you, you may well be in need of a re-think about what made you get into this type of stuff in the first place. Certainly, ‘While You Were Sleeping’ and ‘Carrion Screaming’ won't give you any respite. Indeed, the song length of ‘Carrion Screaming’ is not a manufacturing error. It really is a lot longer than two minutes! It manages to maintain its intensity over the course of thirteen and a half minutes. No mean feat.

If you like metal, you really should like Ravens Creed, being as they present the genre in its purest form: riffs, aggression, adrenaline and pace all combine to make a satanic racket of biblical (ha!) proportions. Simply put, this picks up where “The Power” left off and does the legacy and lineage of bands like Venom, Motorhead and Napalm Death proud. Uncompromising, extreme music from an island of festering resentment. Hail.

‘Ravens Krieg’ is available here

FFO: Master, Hellhammer, Venom, Discharge



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