March 16, 2017 |

The Raven Age- Darkness Will Rise

The Raven Age- Darkness Will Rise

March 16, 2017 |

The band talks about a fondness for the symphonies of classical music and you can hear it across the album. Guitars are layered other each other, creating atmosphere in a way not dissimilar to the instruments in an orchestra. This orchestra is however backed by solid drums and fronted by powerhouse vocals. After The Death March comes Salem's Fate, a track that opens moody and foreboding before bursting into fast paced riffage. The track shows the bands ability to master the dynamics that many metal bands struggle with, something shown here and in the track The Dying Embers Of Life which builds slowly before exploding into huge choruses and riffs. The closing track, Behind The Mask, continues the themes of drama and ferocity from it's start. It's a track worthy of closing both an album or a show. It shows the bands power one more time, in case you missed it.

All in all this is one monster of an album. No track, bar the intro, comes in under 5 minutes. The Raven Age manage to pack every minute of these songs with excitement, emotion and power. There is no weak link in this lengthy chain. This album shows a band with tremendous skill working together to make an album that is not only impressive but listenable. Tracks twist and turn and never become formulaic there's always something new waiting round the corner. If you like power metal, you'll love this. If you like any metal you'll love this. If you don't like metal, you'll probably still love it! It's an album that breaks out of any confines you may put on it. The album is released Friday the 17th of March and is definitely one you'll want to hear.