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Ramesses : Chrome Pineal

For once, Ramesses are producing sounds that aren’t bone crushing.

For once, Ramesses are producing sounds that aren’t bone crushing. I love Ramesses, but I don’t know if I love this Ramesses. The self-titled track ‘Chrome Pineal’ opens the band’s follow up to Take the Curse with an atmospheric jam. At times, ‘Chrome Pineal’ is soothing and relaxing — a description I thought I would never have written while reviewing Ramesses. Tim Bagshaw noodles around with Middle-Eastern tones, giving the tune dark and intriguing vibes. The song is perfect for those who want something to take them on a journey inside their own head. Fans wouldn’t recognize Ramesses as the author of this track, and I think that’s where the band goes wrong.

Ramesses try new things on this record, but sacrifice much of what made Take the Curse an instant classic. On ‘Blazoned Fauna’, Ramesses are back to extremely crusty riffage. The band really grinds this one down into a sludge-fest, but vocalist/bassist Adam Richardson really misses the mark with a new singing style. Accompanied with the usual growls is a bizarre, off-key type of crooning I hope doesn’t survive the next record, or even the next song. Luckily, it doesn’t.

'Men of Horror' is straight Doom and is the heaviest track on the record. Thankfully, Richardson sticks to growling, as he seems to have abandoned the vocal style from the last track. 'Men of Horror' is nothing memorable, though.

Sad to say, I seem to be disappointed with the new release. Ramesses deserve credit for taking a risk. Unfortunately, when you take a risk you can either gain something or lose something, and I think Ramesses were the victims of their own experimentation.

The live tracks are solid. The recordings aren’t too polished or too muddy. Somehow, Ramesses perfectly recreates the way they sound in the studio for the stage. 'Before the Jackals' sounds the best, like one hundred hammers pounding on the same piece of steel. Overall, I hope the band doesn’t bring too much of the experimental aspects to their follow-up, also to be released this year, ’Possessed by the Rise of Magik’. We’ll see.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Chrome Pineal
2. Blazoned Fauna
3. Men of Horror
4. The Tomb (Live)
5. Before the Jackals (Live)
6. Black Domina (Live)

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-04-19 by Mark B.
Forever Autumn
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