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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review: Ragestorm - The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin

Born in summer 2004 as a joke, Italian death/thrashers Ragestorm went through major lineup changes and numerous highly-acclaimed demos on their way to their first overall release. Initially self-released on September 25th, 2013, they finally give it a proper reissue from Sliptrick Records on February 11th, 2016 which shows the effects of a band getting to their first proper release while also offering plenty of promise for what’s to come in their career.

For the most part this one carries along the type of melody-infused riff-work that seems to play through that style without any deviation. Switching between tight chugging and extra-sloppy swirling melodic runs in the guitar-work, there’s a pretty simplistic energy attributed to the tracks here that occasionally brings up some fire from time-to-time, such as the short and brutal ‘Polysilicotetrapropryvinylfluorethalene’ and ‘Reaching the Impossible’ though the majority of this one gets stuck with those chugging rhythms holding the paces down in the mid-tempo for the most part. Tracks like ‘Debt Ritual,’ ‘Acid Tears’ and ‘New World Disorder’ tend to feature so many rather bland and plodding rhythms that they’re wholly lifeless at worst, while the best effort about them is that they’re decent-if-unspectacular. This applies to an overwhelming majority of the album as well, which tends to leave this staggeringly overdone and seemingly just filler material on the whole.

While the band is clearly still going through the learning curve when it comes to their style and energy, there’s enough elements at play here to work with in the future that it could serve them well whenever they carry on which leaves this one still only for the most devout fans of the style as a whole at this point. 6/10

Written by Don Anelli

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