|Review: Ram-Zet - Escape|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2002
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 12, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
What do you get when you mix black metal with industrial rhythms, progressive metal song structures as well as throwing in clean female vocals opposite the harsh male vocals and a full time violinist? I have no fucking idea either but all I know is it ends up sounding pretty damn cool.
Ram-Zet’s new album "Escape" is of course what I am referring to and it is not simply a few moments here and there that all these components are mixed…it is all 64 minutes of this album and all in pretty much equal amounts. The first time I listened to this I have to admit I was sitting back wondering what the hell it was that I was listening to but the more I listened to it the better and better it seemed to get. This is not one of those albums you will completely get on the first listen…I guess you could call this thinking man’s metal but it is not so far out there that it will be a chore to try and understand it all. This is almost a perfect blend of true originality in metal, as you will find this side of Maudlin of the Well without coming off as pretentious. I still feel the more I listen to this the more I will like it and subsequently the higher rating I would give it.
If you like your metal with a real sense of originality as well as being able to still tell you are listening to a hard driving metal album this is definitely one album that you should certainly be looking to purchase. This is one of those albums that you will have to give more than a quick listen before making up your mind one way or the other but taking the time to give this album a chance is well worth the effort. Highly Recommended.
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