THE RAVEN AGE DARK­NESS WILL RISE (BMG)

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UNRESTRAINED AM­BI­TION RAISES THE FLAG FOR BRIT METAL NEW­COM­ERS

■ WHEN YOU’VE got as much tal­ent and en­ergy as The Raven Age, mar­shalling it to­gether can be like get­ting pup­pies to sit still for a photo. Promised Land is an early high­light here that sets the scene for what’s to come, the peak of which is prob­a­bly the multi-lay­ered Salem’s Fate.as co­he­sive and well-drilled as their he­roes in Triv­ium and Kill­switch En­gage,the Raven Age sound like they’ve been to­gether for decades.the only ev­i­dence of their in­ex­pe­ri­ence is in the length of the songs: most last well over six min­utes, and nearly all would have sounded bet­ter pared down. If this band were a body­builder it could con­sider it­self suit­ably bulked – the next stage is to shred. DOWN­LOAD: Salem’s Fate. FOR FANS OF: Triv­ium, Kill­switch En­gage. STEVE BEEBEE

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