RAGESTORM – THE THIN LINE BETWEEN HOPE AND RUIN – METAL SCRAP
Ragestorm’s full-length from 2013 is a difficult review. It arrived four years too late at Metallian Towers, but assuredly it is not a doom metal album. Instead, the band presents music whose sound; its tone is reminiscent of At The Gates or more likely Hypocrisy. The challenge is with the quality of the music and vocals, which is inconsistent. There are very good segments or riffs here. Overall, the band remains loyal to the ‘90s extreme sound of the metal underground. Several leads are magnificent. Take in the solo on Acid Tears for example, which is superb, but the rest of the track is a letdown. The lead on the title track and its main riff are fantastic. Then there is a streak that indicates a social consciousness. Certain lyrics, illustrations and titles, like titles like Debt Ritual (includes a heavy bass presence), Soldiers Of A Lost War or New World Disorder, showcase a band that is thinking. The clip that is Interlude: Hari Seldon's Speech Featuring The Boilerz is priceless. These simple four and a half minutes contain the entirety of the truth on its own. Amazing. Yet, the musical quality is not always present.
To be sure, the album holds a high sound production quality. The start of the album is uneven. The disc begins with a saw, but this is not a Jackyl album. Perhaps the cymbal sound is artificial, but the double bass drums and riffs are rearing to go in a death/thrashy manner. There is some piano, weird clapping (or something) and other intrusions here that damage the overall credibility. The album is 53 minutes long, but goes without saying that everyone’s favourite song title is Polysilicotetrapropryvinylfluorethalene. – Ali “The Metallian”