RAM-ZET - PURE THERAPY - SPIKEFARM
What possesses individuals to sign/compose/release/ponder/consider/vomit/whatever music that is a mix of drum machine beats, synthesizer overload, Dream Theater and VoiVod rip off riffs and then to add insult to injury have a female open her mouth and do an Alannis Morrisette impression...and think anybody cares what happens after that? Apparently some of the keyboard melodies are catchy and the vocals have some interesting phrasings, but this neo-industrial K&F bullshit makes a metal fan gag. If it's not fast, then the band can FOAD. If it's not heavy, then the band can similarly FOAD. Every metal fan should be insulted by this infiltration of the scene by weak, derivative commercialism perpetuated by commercial magazines, labels which pay and ultimately run these magazines and delusional fans who sheepishly follow every trend hurled at them like dong to a cow. This is not metal, and hence is condemned to die. Next! - Ali "The Metallian"
RAM-ZET - INTRA - CANDLELIGHT
The first few seconds of Ram-zet's latest album, Intra, sound promising and almost make one take notice. Alas, the band soon shows its hand. As if stuck in a Darwinian time warp, Ram-zet is a sad mixture of polluted elements every metal fan disliked and soon abandoned ten years ago with a passion. The distorted and partly metallic guitar chords are constantly interspersed by the same old K&F (keyboards & Female vocals), violin and silly noises. The female singer does the standard moaning thing, sure, but also sounds like she is being tortured by the band on the song Ballet. A few other elements like whirling Spanish guitars and fast parts really do nothing to resuscitate this idiocy. Fans of Theatre Of Tragedy gone dramatic and fronted by Dani Filth may want to get their heads around Ram-zet, except, by definition, those people don't have heads which leaves Ram-zet stranded, doesn't it? - Ali "The Metallian"