|Review: RAM - Svbversvm|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 25, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Well, well. RAM finally got their shit straight. This band has been punching out almost painfully old-fashioned Traditional Metal for over a decade, and yet never managed to put together anything compelling. They had the right idea, but they never wrote really good songs and their production was always crap. They never seemed to grasp the difference between imitation and homage, nor the one between a raw production job, and one that is just shitty.
All that is behind them this time. The oddly named Svbversvm is a fistful of crunching, pummeling True Heavy Metal with catchy riffs, aggressive songwriting, and actual memorable vocal melodies that make this album rip and tear like no RAM album ever has. It's like after all this time they finally got what they were trying to do, and how to do it. You get speedy shredders like the wonderful "Eyes of the Night" and "Enslaver", as well as slow-punching killers like "The Usurper" or "Omega Device" that will get your fist in the air. The production is heavy and crispy without being too glossy, and the band sounds classic and mean.
I have been kind of avoiding RAM for many years now, but no one is happier than me to see that they can get it together and kick out a face-punch of old-school killing like this.
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