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Review: RAM - Svbversvm

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 50:03
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: December 12, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4.29/5 (85.88%) (34 Votes)

RAM has received some mixed reviews here at The Metal Crypt. For those new to the band, they play a retro-NWOBHM style of Heavy Metal from the same school as Enforcer, Ranger and Katana. Personally, I enjoyed the unbridled speed of the "Under the Scythe" single but never got around to checking out any of their full-length albums until Svbversvm, their fourth. It took a few spins to sink in but this is a pretty good slice of the 80s. RAM takes queues from different sources like Refuge Denied-era Sanctuary's wild vocals and heavy, slow pacing ("Return of the Iron Tyrant" "Svbversvm"), the speed and abandon of Long Live the Loud-era Exciter ("Eyes of the Night") and the catchy riffs of Balls to the Wall-era Accept ("The Usurper" "Holy Death"). Sure, most of the songs are reminiscent of things you've heard before but they are almost all going to have you singing along. You could certainly argue that some of the "retro" movements are getting stale but when a band puts this much effort into making good songs it doesn't really matter what you label it, it's still worth your attention.

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