Monday 21 April 2014

Raum Kingdom - S/T Album

Raum Kingdom cover art

Album TypeAlbum
Date Released: April 15th 2014
Label: Self Released
Raum Kingdom S/T - track listing

1.Wounds 05:47
2.Barren Objects 06:36
3.Cross Reference 03:22
4.These Open Arms 03:58
5.This Sullen Hope 09:38


You are standing in a dark room. In the shadows of the walls you see glared eyes staring in your direction. When you move forward to investigate...........

The Band Members

Drums - Mark Gilchrist
Bass - Ronan Connor
Guitars - Andrew Colohan
Vocals - Dave Lee


Raum Kingdom is a Post-Metal/Sludge Metal band from Ireland who deal in dark and violent riffs that instantly draws you in with the very first crushing note on their excellent S/T debut album.

If you're a fan of Isis, Mouth Of The Architect and Neurosis then you will find much to admire here. Though Raum Kingdom still have a haunting superb style of their own. Their S/T debut album maybe on for a brisk 30 minutes or so but it packs quite a hard-hitting punch that will leave you floored for days.

First track – Wounds – paints the perfect picture of bleakness, soul and melody set against a picture of heavy monolithic Sludge/Post-Metal riffs to drown your soul in. Lead Vocalist – Dave – perfectly captures the bleakness and darkness of everyday life with some brutal vocals matched against the heavy post-metal riffage. This is a band with a lot to say and you will believe what they have to say.

Second track – Barren Objects – starts off slowly and quite coldly with Dave singing some slow-paced vocals that embraces the post-rock vibe of Raum Kingdom's music. But he is matched against some brutally heavy music going on in the background. This is a powerful track indeed that shows why Raum Kingdom a very powerful band indeed. Though Dave unleashes his violent inner-persona once more as his fury and anger come out in one dangerous final attack.

Cross Reference sees the band venture into experimental territory with harsh voice overs and slow-paced ambient based noises and riffs for an unsettling tale of modern day life. These Open Arms ventures back into normal loud and angry Sludge/Post-Metal territory for an unflinching sound that will leave you drained through out.

The band have one final journey to take you on with the almost 10 minute epic – This Sullen Hope. A bruising and encounter that will leave you no doubt that Raum Kingdom have taken you on quite an emotional journey. The band toy with your emotions as this track is full of twist and turns with slow-paced Post-Rock vibes matched against the brutal onslaught of Sludge/Post-Metal riffs. It's when the band embrace the darker side of their music is when they truly become a force to be reckoned with.

This is a stunning debut album from a band that I hope will be releasing many more releases like this in the years to come. As they have huge potential waiting to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

You can download this for free from BandCamp now. It's already becoming quite popular with the Sludge/Post-Metal community and on this evidence it's not hard to see why.

Brilliant and Highly Recommended.

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Written by Steve Howe