Review: Ramlord

Ramlord Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom HYPÆTHRAL Records

Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom cover artRamlord are from New Hampshire. They put out a demo last year or maybe the year before. If memory serves, it was d-beat of a kind of low-fi variety. Very good. If you’re going to do something like that, this is one valid approach. Anyway, they’ve got a new record out as of the end of last year and they have clearly been spending their time in profitable ways. In contrast to the relatively straightforward approach of their demo, Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom has a lot more variety. They still have plenty of d-beat type action, but they’ve added a lot in terms of varying their song structures. They’ve also changed a bit from a stylistic perspective. Their sound is more metal now, with melodies that recall black metal without really entering that territory for real. There’s a lot more single string technique employed, which would indicate a black metalesque approach, but interesting there are also elements of power violence and straight hardcore. In a lot of respects they sound like a more punk and scruffy version of Downfall of Gaia. There is not quite as much atmosphere, but a lot of aggro to keep the listener interested.

This is a very hard rocking release. While they have moved to an approach that features more technical flashes, they retain a compellingly scruffy dimension that adds up to a sound that, if not entirely unique, is certainly all their own. They’ve put this out on a label from Toronto called HYPÆTHRAL. This is the first that I’ve heard of them, but I’m going to look into the other parts of their catalog, since this is pretty promising first example.

Magadh

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