Ram

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - OLIVIER BADIN

ROD

METAL BLADE SWE­DEN’S HEAVY METAL FIRE­BRANDS PROVE A LAW UNTO THEM­SELVES If they weren’t so ob­sessed with clas­sic Ju­das Priest and studs ’n’ leather, the guys in Ram would prob­a­bly be play­ing black metal as they share the same no­com­pro­mise ethos. While most true metal bands are merely headed for an artis­tic dead end, here Ram’s cheese-free ap­proach and sin­is­ter lean­ings have given birth to what Ham­mer­fall might have dreamed of but never achieved. Their at­ten­tion to de­tail, such as a gui­tar tone that’s both nat­u­ral and crunchy, and the vi­brant falsetto of front­man Os­car Car­lquist epit­o­mise their per­fect mas­tery of the heavy metal art. If it were any other band, Ram’s brand of overblown at­ti­tude, fire-bran­dish­ing art­work and con­cept about a crea­ture called Ram Rod’s (yep) em­pow­er­ing quest would be palat­able only for el­der diehards with Omen shirts full of holes, but in these Swedes’ case, it’s a call to arms that has to be heard.

FOR FANS OF: JU­DAS PRIEST, POR­TRAIT, AC­CEPT

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