Ram - Rod (Digipak Edition) (2017)

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Ram - Rod (Digipak Edition) (2017)

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Ram - Rod (Digipak Edition) (2017)

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Year : 2017
Style : Heavy Metal
Country : Sweden
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 135 mb


Bio:

RAM was created back in '99 by Harry Granroth, who wanted to form a real heavy metal band; he was sick of the misinterpretation of metal that ruled the scene back then and had a pile of material that he wanted to bring to life. He soon found Daniel Johansson, a young but experienced and very talented guitar player who welded a traditional metal guitar style. The two started working on some of Harry's earlier material and began to write new songs. After a long and tiresome search, Harry then found Oscar Carlquist; a powerful heavy metal vocalist with a mutual hatred for the current metal scene. Oscar quickly became involved in the song writing process and quickly crafted interesting lyrics to accompany the music. The backbone of RAM was formed. Oscar brought in drummer Morgan Pettersson, one of the few drummers left who still played the 70/80's hard and heavy drumming style. They then recruited the legendary Leif Larsson, an icon in Gothenburg metal as he had previously been a member of "Frozen Eyes".The five members started to rehearse and write new songs and in 2003 they released their first E.P., Sudden Impact, through partly their own label "Black Path Metal Recordings". The EP created a sudden impact on the underground metal scene, the first 1000 copies were sold out in a few months. RAM hit the road and played a number of festivals in Europe and went on tour as support for Sebastian Bach. The band was also recognised by Germany's Rock Hard magazine as one of the best newcomers of 2004.RAM kept on playing live throughout most of '05 and started working on their full-length debut album Forced Entry, which was released in late 2005. Forced Entry brought the entire old school heavy metal community to its knees. The album is a pure sonic attack of real and innovative heavy metal. Great reviews followed and the band grew even bigger. In December '05, RAM hit the road with Dark Tranquillity and in Jan '06 they performed at several Scandinavian shows with Gamma Ray.Playing live is what RAM does best and in 2006-2007, the band delivered a devastating metal crusade over Europe. Reaching places such as Greece for the first time and Spain for the second time, the Teutonic hordes went wild. In the summer of 2007, bass player Leif Larsson was asked to leave the band due to personal differences and Tyrant of the Black Metal ultra cult act Nifelheim answered the call and joined RAM as a session bassplayer.In 2008, the band returned to the studio with producer Johan Reivén to record the album Lightbringer. This time they really took the time to explore the true heavy metal sound. The recording of the album took 10 months of nothing but strife for pure heavy metal perfection.In 2009, RAM signed a deal with AFM records and released Lightbringer, which received very good reviews. It landed a spot as one of the best albums of 2009 in Sweden Rock magazine. The band also headed out on headline European tour to promote the album. Tobbe Petterson joined the band and through his amazing bass skills made this the strongest RAM lineup ever.In 2010, RAM began recording their 3rd full-length album entitled "Death". The album was produced by Per Stålberg and Olle Björk. In 2011 they signed a world wide deal with widely renown metal label "Metal Blade Records" and Death was released in January 2012 once again great reviews followed. RAM hit the road in support of "Death" returning to Spain and Tyrannyzing Portugal for the first time, of course Germany was visited and some Swedish stages were betrodden. In June 2013 Daniel Johansson decided to quit the band due to personal reasons. Daniel was quickly replaced by guitarist Martin Jonsson from Gothenburg. On the 13th of September 2013 RAM celebrated the 10th anniversary of the release of the "Sudden Impact" E.P with a special concert in Gothenburg. RAM are now preparing for another 10 years upon the throne of underground Heavy Metal!

Album:

Sweden, oh, Sweden. That’s where IKEA’s furniture World takeover started and, well, it’s also home to many, many (many!) metal bands, and about 90% of them are fucking ace. Gothenburg’s own RAM, a band known to be one of the most prominent of the NWOTHM (I assume that, if you’re reading this review, you know what this acronym means) movement, is ever-ready to step up to the plate to be the defenders of the faith and the sentinels of the Swedish school of the traditional heavy metal genre.It’s clear as the sky that Oscar Carlquist (vocals) and Harry Granroth (guitars) have created and mastered RAM’s sound when they were pissed off at the metal scene, because they make sure to shove some Judas Priest, Accept and [insert your favorite 1980’s band] worship up your ass with every album they make. The band’s fifth endeavor beyond the realms of death, ‘Rod’, takes no different approach than its predecessors, by being true to the roots of the 1980’s heavy metal aura, albeit not losing itself into the big and scary “wormhole of generic sounds®”.Like it’s 1984 all over again, the fade-in intro of “Declaration of Independence” paves the way to a very interesting first-half of the album with a cool chorus and killer solos.Faster-paced tunes like “On Wings of No Return” and “A Throne at Midnight” are well executed and played with a good dose of energy as well, even if not being entirely memorable or impactful, but “Gulag” is where the first portion of the record really shines. In a nostalgia-filled guitar work reminiscent of the ‘Russian Roulette’ (1985)Accept era, the song almost feels melancholic and dystopic. They have done a good job translating a sub-human, miserable system such as the Gulag was.For the first time in RAM’s career, some of the compositions are part of a conceptual story, The “Ramrod the Destroyer” suite. Divided into 6 parts, it is definitely the most ambitious work by these guys to date, as the lyrical and instrumental contents of the suite are dense and serious, which more often than not does not result in a particularly decent outcome.However, they managed to carefully craft every second of this bombastic story, starting with a very inspired intro in “Pt. 1: Anno Infinitus”. The song announces the destruction that is to come in a simple, yet elegant way by sending the listener to the depths of the most vile and sinister crypts of RAM’s mind. In a mix of medieval rawness and futuristic chaos, the intro paves the way to “Pt. 2: Ignitor”, which is a song that – yet again – holds on to the classic elements of the genre. The main courses here are the solos and the aggressiveness of the vocal performance by Carlquist. While not lacking in more melodic parts, it is the rapid pace and sense of urgency that dictate the rhythm sections.“Pt. 3: The Cease to Be” may be the most Priest-like track released by the Swedes yet. In a very similar way to “Beyond the Realms of Death” (legendary Priest song from the ‘Stained Class’ (1978) album, the track pays homage to the metal gods by matching the melancholic and doomy aura of its “father song” and doing some twists of their own, like a cruder and less polished chorus, and more energetic guitar and drum lines. “Pt. 4. Voices of Death” continues the story in another spoken intro that precedes “Pt. 5. Incinerating Storms”, which is one of the best RAM songs of all-time, no doubt. Raw, unrelenting power emanates from all the members, with crazy guitar solos and amazing vocal performance, making it the most significant track in the album. The particularly high screams by Carlquist soar throughout the entire effort, with prolific and mad solos that actually serve a purpose, while the kitchen provides perfect support to the instrumental mayhem.“Pt. 6: Ashes” crowns the work fittingly with catastrophic aura and post-apocalyptic sounds. It starts with a simple acoustic guitar lead, but eventually turns into a sort of steampunk cataclysmic experience, ending the album on a high note.It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the vast amount of bands trying to emulate the good ol’ sound played in the heydays of metal. There are, of course, a decent number of acts that do this with honor and quality, like Ambush, Skull Fist, Wolf, Enforcer, Portrait, Trial, Air Raid, etc., and this Swedish quintet right here does it with mastery. With yet another great display of their abilities in ‘Rod’, RAM have done more than carve their way into metal’s history: they are helping to bring back the 1980’s with full force. Highly recommended.

Line Up:

Oscar Carlquist - Vocals
Harry Granroth - Guitars (1999-present)
Martin Jonsson - Guitars (2013-present)
Tobias Petterson - Bass (2010-present) - See also: ex-Vornth, ex-Jormundgand
Morgan Petterson - Drums - See also: Commander, ex-B-Thong

Tracklist:

01. Declaration Of Independence
02. On Wings Of No Return
03. Gulag
04. A Throne At Midnight
05. Ramrod The Destroyer, Pt. 1: Anno Infinitus
06. Ramrod The Destroyer, Pt. 2: Ignitor
07. Ramrod The Destroyer, Pt. 3: The Cease To Be
08. Ramrod The Destroyer, Pt. 4: Voices Of Death
09. Ramrod The Destroyer, Pt. 5: Incinerating Storms
10. Ramrod The Destroyer, Pt. 6: Ashes

+ Video "On Wings Of No Return" (Official Video)


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