March 16, 2017 |

The Raven Age- Darkness Will Rise

The Raven Age- Darkness Will Rise

March 16, 2017 |

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UK metal band, The Raven Age have had a pretty eventful few years. The band formed in 2013 and quickly built up a reputation with their incredible live shows and dramatic musical styling. In 2016 the band found themselves supporting none other than Iron Maiden. The band supported Maiden around the world in 2016 before finally sitting down to work on their debut. To support a band as big as the mighty Maiden before releasing your debut is impressive in itself. After hearing their debut album, Darkness Will Rise, you'll be even more impressed.

The record starts with a short intro track flowing perfectly into the opening track, Promised Land. Grinding guitars and tense drums build the suspense until the song begins to chug through it's first verse. The vocals carry the track along into a chorus where they really open up. The contrast of big, wide vocals with chugging guitars is part of what makes this section of the track. By the time the second chorus kicks in you realise why this band has done what they've done. The massive choruses just belong on big stages in front of massive crowds. The guitar work throughout the track is impeccable, practising the art of restraint better than many modern metal bands. A track that stands out to me is The Death March. Featuring their signature chugging and guitar riffs and huge vocals, this track carries a pace throughout that gives it a real sense of duty. It's going to rock your face off and it's going to do it now. The track still maintains dynamics however, with it's choruses going a little gentler to give the vocals room to breath.