|Review: Rajavana - Vol. I|
Label: Australis Records
Year released: 2014
Review online: February 12, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
Starting out as Opresor (1997-2000) in Santiago, Chile, this five-piece band mixing Thrash and Death Metal in a somewhat original and unorthodox way have finally released their debut album in 2014, despite being in existence for a quarter century. Well, better late than never, I guess.
Rajavana's debut album, titled Vol. 1, offers a pretty challenging listening experience. I mean, if Primus was a Death and Thrash orientated band, they would have something like the song called "Rajavana" in their repertoire. They sound just playful and wacko, wanting to crush some musical barricades around them, and having a serious intention to differ from the masses. Then again, I am not so sure whether I personally care for their stuff so much as I have never been a fan of weirdo sounding acts, like the aforementioned Primus. Also, one other disturbing element within Rajavana's music, which seems to be blocking me away from this record, are the vocals of Raúl Salas Rodriguez's (a.k.a. Apkalus). They are soaked too much with an annoying core-ish style, à la Lamb of God, which I am not overly crazy for.
In summa summarum, a certain strive for originality on Vol. I does not save this album from sinking into the bottom of an endless sea of average Metal albums, which is unfortunate, because Rajavana clearly does have some potential for better things.
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