|Review: R.I.P. - ...Out to R:I:P all Nations!!!|
|...Out to R:I:P all Nations!!!|
Label: Twilight-Vertrieb Records
Year released: 2007
Review online: September 7, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
for:...Out to R:I:P all Nations!!!
R:I:P (or Raw Intense Power if you can be bothered to write it longhand) play a hybrid style of metal, mixing half-thrash with traditional steel. Or so they say. They don't stop there though, they also decided to throw in some death metal with some power metal leads... and yes, it does come out as confused as you might imagine.
Sure there's a lot of variation here, but it just doesn't work. To top it off, there's an occasional leaning toward the later-Pantera like groove thing (Jesus, sometimes it's so bad it sounds like Damageplan) and a definite liking of the later-In Flames synthesizer abuse which ain't so hot either. There are a few later Metallica-like vocal choruses which doesn't exactly leave a good aftertaste either. For the positives, yeah there's some smoking leads... But that's about all I can muster I'm afraid, so back to the negatives. The tempo is upped in 'Crawling Through Broken Glass', which at times sounds a little like Dew Scented, just a little though, as it soon hits a dubious breakdown with these whiny guitars and 'boobidy boo' Soilwork synthesizers turning it from tough-guy to the gayest-thing-since-gayness-came-to-gaytown in a microsecond.
So yeah, this really isn't up my street at all. It's not even in the same town, country or universe. I definitely would class it as metal, but it dips its toe into the cesspool of mallcore on too many occasions for my liking. Not great.
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