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Review: Raventale - After

Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year released: 2010
Duration: 34:28
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom/Black

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 14, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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This is the fourth disc by Raventale, the third one I have, again from the old-school nuts at Solitude/BadMoonMan, who are one of the only labels who still send me real, live promo CDs. I enjoy Raventale, and so I was keen to see what the band was up to on this latest effort. Last time we got the darker, angrier Mortal Aspirations, so what this time?

I think, despite that this is the shortest disc Raventale have done, that it is their most cohesive and mature recording. The sound is less depressive or doomy and more in line with the kind of stuff Moonsorrow make – big, sweeping, melodic riffs, a powerful recording job, and harsh, rasping vocals. All the elements I expected from Raventale are here, but the songwriting is much tighter than it ever was before. The songs are sharper, and never seem to drag. The cuts here are all meat, with no fat on them, despite how long some of them are. It feels like Raventale have managed to put the elements of their sound together more solidly than they have managed to before, and all the parts work towards the whole. This could be longer, but it is powerful and absorbing. Recommended.

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