Ram - Death review

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Band: Ram
Album: Death
Release date: December 2011

01. Death…
02. …Comes From The Mouth Beyond
03. I Am The End
04. Release Me
05. Defiant
06. Frozen
07. Under The Scythe
08. Hypnos
09. Flame Of The Tyrants
10. 1 7 7 1

Nostalgia vs sounding outdated. Where's the line? Is there a line? Please tell me there is, so we can tell RAM they just crossed it.

Admittedly Death does work well at drawing the listener in; the opening track sounding like something out of some long forgotten, cheesy cult horror movie. It then breaks into the thundering "...Comes From The Mouth Beyond", followed by an even meaner "I Am The End"...and then comes...wait, you know what? Fuck it. This band writes some downright destructive riffs, sounding like a slightly more aggressive version of any number of old NWOBHM bands.

That's about the point where the enjoyment stops.

The first spin through, Death is an album that just bleeds awesome riffage. The replay value, however, is a flat 0. The difference between nostalgia and being outdated? Nostalgia should be a way of interpreting the long-gone classics, while injecting them with your own flavour to make them relevant to the modern listener. Think about it; what's the point in listening to a carbon-copy of a classic when you could just as well actually listen to the real thing? RAM seem to completely forget about the phrase "standing on the shoulders of giants" because frankly, this ain't an improvement, or even a re-interpretation. It's a re-hash. Plain and simple. Everything down to the production seems to be an eager attempt to replicate older bands. This much effort should not be put into sounding exactly the same as someone else.

RAM's Death is a novelty album. First play through, you'll be intrigued by the classic sound. Afterwards, the worship starts to come across as more sad than anything else.


Written on 23.01.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.


Comments: 6   Visited by: 149 users
23.01.2012 - 14:46
hi-fi / lo-life
Nostalgia = sounding outdated.
23.01.2012 - 14:54
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by jupitreas on 23.01.2012 at 14:46

Nostalgia = sounding outdated.

Checkout my band here!
23.01.2012 - 15:38
Mr. Doctor
There isn't any problem in sounding old... The issue isn't that unless you are the kind of guy who just want to listen to the stuff that was released the present year.

The difference between good and bad old school bands is this:

a way of interpreting the long-gone classics, while injecting them with your own flavour to make them relevant to the modern listener
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
23.01.2012 - 16:01
^and if you have no flavour there is nothing to make the music relevant to the modern listener regardless of whether it sounds old.
23.01.2012 - 21:40
Death To Posers
Hate Thy King
Definitely nowhere near an A+ album like lightbringer, but still a solid B/B- album IMO.
The word gen means "illusion" or "apparition." In India, a man who uses conjury is called a genjutsushi ["a master of illusion technique"]. Everything in this world is but a marionette show. Thus we use the word gen.
24.01.2012 - 22:53
Iron Nostarion
Maiden Whore
"Ram - Death".

Hard to ever expect a lot of stuff out of such a generic name. o_O
To their tombs the people are immured,
There is their gold, treasure and wealth,
The only condition is to ignore them,
Those who feed on corruption and weave death

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