|Review: Rampage - This End Up|
|This End Up|
Label: Unsung Heroes Records
Year released: 1998
Review online: April 9, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:This End Up
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
First full-length for Rampage, and it picks up where the "Mysogyny..." EP ended: With a different version of "Bloody Leg". Things are a bit less diverse on this album than they were on the EP, overall the songs here are raw blackened death/thrash (OK I guess that's kind of diverse :)), and with three cover songs to lighten things up at the end. The songs are mid to fast-paced with a very abrasive guitar sound, not unlike some early Black Metal as well as raw thrash (this is Rampage, there is no single description possible.) The vocals range from pretty clean (Lord Vic style) to a screechier, raucous style in some songs, as well as a bit of a death/thrash style such as in "Heaven's Gate". One has to admire the showcase of versatility in the musical and vocal work here.
"Jailhouse Rock" has the same beat as the original, but the lyrics are very different and that's not something you'll want to play with sensitive ears around (OK, maybe you will...hehe.) My understanding is that he's taking a shot at Faust of Emperor (who was in prison at the time) in this and... Well, it's not nice. But it's good for a few laughs. The album ends on a cool cover of Nasty Savage's "Witches' Sabbath/XXX" - nice choice of song.
Overall the album is more of a thrash adventure, but there's quite a bit borrowed from death and black that prevent this from being filed under "thrash" alone. But that's Rampage's trademark - genre variety. If you like your metal satanic, raw, and very unpolished, this is something for you. Probably the only ones who won't find at least one song to their liking here are gothic or overpolished power metal freaks.
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