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Ram Interview

I had the privilege to sit down with the guys from Ram, to talk about their new record, the band’s history and their influences.

1. What inspired the name of the band and what are your influences?

“The name came from the act of headbanging, and ramming as it were, we liked the name and the image it conjured so we went for that. We’re influenced by the same sort of bands as when  we were kids, bands such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden.”

2. What process do you go through, when writing an album?

“Usually we start off with a riff, and then we try and find ways in which it will fit into a song, if it gives off a vibe to us we’ll work lyrics and the rest of the song structure around it. We tend to work off of a concept from the riff and go from there. Recently, we’ve been writing and recording in a studio that was owned by Andy La Rocque the guitarist from King Diamond, so we’ve had a lot more freedom to simply write and record, without worrying about anything else.”

3. Is there a connecting theme through the new album?

“There’s no connecting theme through all the tracks on the album, but what will be the B side on the LP has a common theme. We’ve always wanted to record a concept album but we found that playing such a thing live just wouldn’t be possible due to time constraints, so instead we’ve settled for the one sided concept. As it works better in a live setting. We did a short tour recently, and some of the new songs like Gulag have been received really well.”

4. What plans do you have for the future?

“We’ve just been out on a short tour, but we’ve got more plans to tour, more shows than we’ve played for previous records. November is packed, February is looking as though it will be packed as well. We’ll be playing the UK again as well.”

 

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Ram-Rod Review

Ram were founded in 1999, by men who wanted to play real heavy metal, not any of the nonsense that was being classed as metal at the time. Their latest offering Rod, helps show that they were serious about this mission. The album cover, with the skull of a ram, headbutting through the fire, creates a great first impression.

Declaration Of Independence is a roaring opening song, filled with defiance, growls, ballsy riffs and downright savagery that serves as a fine opening track. On Wings of No Return contains swaggering groove laden riffs, whilst allowing vocalist Oscar to shine through blaring vocal lines. Gulag is heavy, pure and simple, it is a great song to lose oneself to. A Throne At Midnight is anthemic, the band has found a song that could make it a stadium band in this song, everything clicks on this track and it works so very well.

The Ramrod saga begins with Anno Infinitus, a 2 minute song that brings in the theme of the next few numbers and sends the listener into anticipation. Ignitor has the haunting flavour of Black Sabbath mixed with the epicness of Maiden, another song that has gotten the potential to turn Ram into a stadium band. The Cease To Be has harmonised doom written all over it, from the tone of the guitars, the soloing that brings precision and melancholy, to the vocals with their searing heat and their Rob Halford esque tone. Voices of Death is another shorter number that sets up Incinerating Storms nicely, what with the fade and the heaviness coming to boot. Ashes is the final song on the record and it fades nicely as the outro.

Rod, is where metal goes right, heaviness, lyrical certainty, melody and pure brazeness. If this album does not make Ram a household name then there is something definitely wrong with the music industry. A brilliant album from start to finish, a solid ten.