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Ram – ‘Svbversvm’

posted 14 Jan 2016, 04:53 by Paul Woodward

(Metal Blade)

Review By Woody

The oddly titled ‘Svbversvm’ is the fourth full length release from Sweden’s Ram. They create unapologetic screaming metal that is straight out of the eighties with a sound that would have Judas Priest fans messing their under wear with every rebel yell and crunching metal riff. I actually hear a lot of the Judas Priest influences in their music, not only in the Halford style vocal style and delivery but also in the fact they have strong melodies.

The Priest comparison is obvious even to a casual listener but, you can also detect some N.W.O.B.H.M flavours given the epic nature and strong melodic nature of many of the songs. They are really heavy though and I actually hear some Eighties thrash influences to their songs on a couple of tracks and some could quite easily sit on most Megadeth albums with total ease.

‘Svbversvm’ is thunderous heavy metal with towering guitar riffs which frequently delves into epic structures and bombast and quickly returning to stirring and strong melodic guitar licks and memorable vocals that get you knocking the volume up and up with every beat. These guys have a very retro sound so will struggle to break into the mainstream, but I don’t think they care and they are very much keeping ‘true’ heavy metal alive and kicking! Never afraid to show off their influences either as I pick up nods to Iron Maiden frequently especially in their melody styles and guitar solos.

This album may not be stereotypical of what I listen to regularly but the commercial nature of many of the songs made it very easy for me to enjoy and I can heartily recommend this album to fans of traditional eighties metal in the style of Judas Priest and Megadeth. A decent album that should appease fans hunting for something that sounds like late eighties Priest, Megadeth or some N.W.O.B.H.M with a stronger metallic bite.

Track Listing: Return Of The Iron Tyrant / Eyes Of The Night / The Usurper / Enslaver / Holy Death / Terminus / The Omega Device / Forbidden Zone / Temples Of Void / Svbversvm

Album Rating: 7/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Eyes of The Night