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Count Raven : Messiah of Confusion

This is the last album of Count Raven and it is the only one I heard. But it is an awesome effort. In 1998 Count Raven broke up and Dan Fondelius formed Doomsday Gouvernment.

This album features 10 songs clocking about an hour of high quiality traditional doom metal. Count Raven are not the slowest band out there, they only tune down to D, but they are one of the doomiest and heaviest bands I ever heard. They remind me a lot of Black Sabbath, especially vocally, where Dan Fondelius reminds of Ozzy like no other (Steve Hennessey of Sheavy is the second that comes close), but the music is much more metal, especially because of the double bass drumming.

Dan also plays the guitar, and I wonder how could he manage to sing and blast those riffs at the same time. On 'Fallen Angel' he's even singing during the solo's .

The band sounds very tight, I like the shifting of pace in the songs a lot, which are more or less consistent. Two songs that are different, are 'Mountain Spirit' which is a synth only instrumental and the closer: 'Viking Sea', which is an 11 minutes epic with keyboards all the way through. The album ends with a beautiful bagpipe instrumental (at least I think it's a bagpipe) marking the end of a great band.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Prediction
2. Shadow Box
3. The Loneliest One
4. Fallen Angels
5. Mountains Spirit
6. The Lie of Life
7. P.S.I. Power
8. Shine
9. The Divided World
10. The Viking Sea

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

Visit the Count Raven bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Baron-sam
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