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Review: Raptore - Blackfire

Label: Dying Victims Productions
Year released: 2022
Duration: 31:26
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: July 27, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

Blackfire is the second album from this Argentinian band by the name of Raptore. They play a sweet, speedy style of ‘80s-inspired metal that takes converts but no prisoners. "Triumphal March to Hell" opens the proceedings with a blur of guitars and drums which will have you thinking of the pioneers of speed metal. They slow down a bit and ramp up the melody on cuts like the title track and "Prisoner of the Night," channeling early power metal, and end with the upbeat, rocking "Death" that despite the title is a slice of pure, unadulterated US metal from the days prior to the proliferation of genres and pigeonholing. The vocals are clear, high and a little pissed off, the guitars and drums sound good and the production is rough around the edges, which is just what this kind of music needs. The songwriting is hardly revolutionary but with influences ranging from Exciter to Helloween and Scanner and even Mötley Crüe and Icon worn proudly upon their denim and leather sleeves, Raptore are as close to a sure thing for fans of speedy traditional metal as you are going to find.

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