|Review: Ravage - The End of Tomorrow|
|The End of Tomorrow|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 22, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:The End of Tomorrow
Rated 4.12/5 (82.31%) (52 Votes)
Ravage are an odd band. They spent almost 10 years releasing EPs and Live albums before getting their debut full-length Spectral Rider out in 2005, and though that one slipped under my radar, this one has made more of a splash. The End of Tomorrow deserves to make a splash, as it is a killer slab of painfully old-school Heavy Metal slayage.
As soon as the first proper song "Reign Fall" started chugging out of my speakers, I actually said aloud "Finally, somebody who remembers how to do it right." This album is pretty much one killer song after another, with smoking, chugging metal riffs and memorable choruses. "Freedom Fighter", the addictive "The Shredder", the very cool title cut, and even a solid cover of "Nightcrawler". "Damn Nation" is a bit weak, but one weak spot on an album this cool is not something I am prepared to bitch about too much. Vocalist Alec Firicano may be a sticking point for some, as he is an idiosyncratic singer, without the Halford-esque range we might expect. Pretty much all he has going for him is attitude, as he's not really great at any one thing, he just sells the fuck out of these songs. But then, with awesome Heavy/Thrash tunes like "Freedom Fighter" or "The Shredder" you shouldn't have much selling to do. Priest-style locomotive riffs, Maidenesque twin-ax leads, and songs catchier than Swine Flu make for an album of cheesy delights for the old-school fan. Grab this if you aren't too full of shit to have a good time.
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