|Review: Rampage - Crimson Frost|
Label: Unsung Heroes Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 13, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
One thing is guaranteed with Rampage, you never know what to expect - Heavy, thrash, doom, black. It's whatever Lord Vic will decide to honour us with. :) "Crimson Frost" is basically old school Black Metal, with a few twists. As with most Rampage releases, influences are all over the place and you hear something new with every listen. Old school - think early 80s - Black Metal, mixed with some of the 90s stuff is predominant here, but almost every song also has a very doomy atmosphere (at times it sounds more doom than some doom songs.) This is very heavy, crushing stuff, raw and, well... Metal? It's that simple. Vocalist Aerik Von showcases quite an array of vocal styles here - from excellent clean vocals, to a Black/thrash rasp, to some death-ish growls. Very different styles that somehow come together in creating an evil-sounding, menacing and dark atmosphere, a perfect match for the music. The album ends on re-recordings of "Ticket to Hell" and the always excellent "Rampage", which both sound as if they were written to go along with the other songs (it's always nice when the hidden tracks don't screw up the atmosphere and continuity of an album.) "Rampage" is more upbeat and rock 'n' roll-ish than the other songs, but hell, that song fits everywhere. This CD is so metal, it hurts.
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