Count Raven

Count Raven-High On Infinity

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Another classic getting the reissue treatment, this time 1994 seminal High On Infinity.

Starting with the pounding and intoxicating Jen, it is clear that the band mean business. The riffs are precise and ground shattering and the vocals are sincerely some of the best that the doom metal genre has produced. Children’s Holocaust mix of clean guitars, and the bass riff leading the way is a unique mix, and one that Count Raven pull off very well, the vocals are dark and menacing adding to the picture. In Honour is solid thumping metal with big riffs and bigger rhythms. The Madman from Waco is a story and a half, mixed with crushing grooves and solid thumping metal. Masters of All Evil is big, anthemic and driving, the guitars and the synths do their work fabulously. Ode to Rebecca is dark, sad and a menacing tribute. Title track High On Infinity is a dance through metal, with big speeding riffs, thumping melodies and rhythms and a brilliant vocal performance.

An Ordinary Loser is dark, melancholic and the instrumentation perfectly reflects this with the dark tremors of the guitars and the mournful vocals. Traitor is a mix, the bass kicks in with some dark grooves, the vocals are rampant and chaotic, and the guitars are seering. The Dance is slightly more melodic, with the clean licks interchanging with darkened moods and melodies. The Coming is classic doom, the riffs are satanic and the vocals are big and broad. Lost World is grooving, moving and shaking. Cosmos is a jangling, darkened affair that shows off the best of the guitars, the vocals and the entire band. Chrittes Triumph is darkened groove, and a beautiful song with an amazing melody.

The album is out on June 15th via Metal Blade Records.

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Count Raven

Count Raven-Messiah Of Confusion Review

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The legendary doom metal band are back with another reissue, this time their classic Messiah of Confusion album. Originally released in 1996, this album has been given the reissue treatment and sounds as fresh as ever.

Starting with the low thrum of Prediction, the song veers from one dark place to another, whilst the guitars and the vocals take you on a journey that leaves you breathless and demanding more. A demand met by the next song on the record, Shadow Box. This is a faster number where the guitars and the drums channel their inner Sabbath and produce one rocky number, that tells the story of all sorts of chaotic madness. The Loneliest One is dark and foreboding, the vocals are filled with dread and doom. Fallen Angels is big, bombastic and right to the point, with a riff that would terrify even Tony Iommi with how heavy it is. Mountains Spirit, is dark, but in a different manner to say Loneliest One, this song contains elements of different genres, and flickers between one version to another, never staying for too long. The Lie of Life is thrashy, the riffs are big, bold and demonstrative, the vocals follow a sharp melodic pattern and all around the song is one hell of a metal anthem.

P.S.I Power is a darker take on some classic metal grooves. The riffs are filled with rhythm and groove, the vocal melodies are sharp and focused. Overall this is a great start to the second half of the album. Shine is deep, slow, groovy and just an all out badass song. The melodies are crucial as they cover the swagger and darkness inherit in the song. Regression is classic doom, the riff is the devil’s tritone, and the vocals are demonic, a brilliant song. The Divided World is an anthem, with big vocals, bigger guitar riffs and solid rhythm section. The Viking Sea is slower more reflective, and definitely a song that would fit well on any number of Bathory albums. A brilliant closer.

The album will be out on 15th June via Metal Blade Records.

Count Raven

Count Raven-Storm Warning Review

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Another classic album by this legendary band gets the reissue treatment, this time Storm Warning.

Starting with the doom of Count Raven, one can tell that they are going to be in for a serious treat when things really kick off. Inam Naudemina proves that right with a brutal riff packaged with thumping drums and a soaring vocal line. True Revelation is doom metal at its best, with big pounding guitars and slinkering drums, and a vocal line to chill the bones. In The Name of Rock n’ Roll is Black Sabbath epic, a song that has everything, big guitars, big drums and a big vocal hook. Sometimes a Great Nation is slower, more foreboding and definitely chilling.

Within The Garden of Mirrors is pounding, solid and furious, a true metal anthem and a song that deserves to be played as loudly as possible. A Devastating Age is a mix of epicness and doom and doom epicness thrown in together, and the result is the perfect blend of metal and power. How Can It Be is powerful, with big great shattering rhythms and guitar riffs, the vocals soar through the stereo. Social Warfare is a mix of classic melodies and brutal riffage, a combination that paints a very beautiful picture. Demos High Beliefs and Frightened Eyes Never Lie are furious and confrontational in the best sense.

Be sure to get this record when it is released on 27th April via Metal Blade Records.

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Count Raven-Destruction Of The Void Review

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Count Raven are legends, a band formed during the heyday of doom and gloom metal, they’ve kept things going throughout the ups and downs. And now a reissue of a classic album.

Until Death Do Us Part is heavy, apocalyptic and simply earth-shattering, with enhanced sound and reflection in the mix, it creates the vision of an absolute metal classic. Hippies Triumph is a lesson in the groove, the right amount of swagger mixed in with the right amount of heaviness, to create the perfect blend. Title track Destruction of the Void is a song that should really be in the pantheon of metal classics, a song that would make Tony Iommi and the boys in Black Sabbath shit themselves with jealousy. Let The Dead Bury The Dead is fast, grooving and chock filled with absolute monster riffs. Northern Lights is a trip through the psychedelic phase of the band with synths creating an all-out rave. Leaving the Warzone is dark and foreboding and the vocals are reminiscent of classic Ozzy Osbourne if Ozzy had ever taken steroids to sound that heavy.

Angel of Death is thumping, shaking and intimidating, a brilliant song for the time and now. The Final Journey is rip-roaring, and awe-inspiring a lesson in how to craft a beautiful metal ballad/all-out doom fest. No One’s Hero is a mix of classic doom and progressive influences, that build things to a nice crescendo. Europa with its synth inlays and switching melodies is a fitting closer to this album. The two demos, Point of Youth and Sworn to Fun are nice descriptions of where the band was at this time, and are fitting additions to this reissue.

 

Be sure to get the album when it is released on 27th April via Metal Blade.