Monday, June 15, 2009
RAM - Lightbringer
I have never understood the term True Metal, and I was rather skeptic when I read the newsletter of the band, while preparing to listen the album. But then, after the first note, everything has gone. Simply because the album kicks asses. Ram is a band that comes from Sweden, exists for about a decade, and is playing Heavy Metal, the way it is supposed to be played. Aggressive, melodic, a bit oldfashioned, with screaming vocals, great guitars, excellent arrangements and no keyboards. Right from the first minute, the songs are so catchy, and the melodies makes you bang your head along with the rhythm, and this doesn't stop until the end. There's no weak points here, nor things that could have been done better. The band is talented enough, and this is obvious from both the composition and the performance of the music. There's obvious Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden influences that have passed into their music as well, with the first and second being more clear in the way the singer performs in some songs, while the Iron Maiden one is more widespread around the album. Nevertheless, this doesn't reduce the quality of the album in any way. If you like Heavy Metal, well performed, with kick ass music, and groovy songs, then wait no more. Go get it.