Some of the highlights of Ram’s new offering are ‘Comes From the Mouth Beyond’. When the track starts, you are transported to that animated movie Heavy Metal. It’s like this song was made for that soundtrack. It’s a weird mix of classic Black Sabbath and Merciful Fate. The song sports two guitar solos that sound like they are from two different people. The composition definitely keeps you on your toes as it has many twists and turns.
‘I Am The End’ has vocals by Oscar Carlquist that compliment Harry Granroth and Daniel Johansson on guitar. It reminds me of that awesome English stoner band Orange Goblin. You get lost in the music. It’s lyrically very heavy, but the pace of Carlquist’s voice acts as another layer of instrumentation.
‘Release Me’ is a perfect song for a biker bar or biker movie. It invokes jumping on your Harley or Indian and hitting the open road. It’s all gears and leather. ‘Release Me’ has some solid drumming by Morgan Pettersson. I like when music can evoke such a visual and visceral reaction and Ram’s “Death” is doing just that.
‘Frozen’ is a slow sleep tale of woe. Iconic modern dance maven Martha Graham could do her famous piece Lamentation to this track. The guitars weave in and out of the vocals. ‘Frozen’ has a couple of stock metal guitar solos that don’t excite or inspire. ‘Under the Scythe’ conjures up 60’s biker movies and Russ Meyer. It’s all fast cars, big busted women in tight clothes, greasers, and knife fights.
While ‘Hypnos’ reminds me of old RUSH songs and Geddy Lee on vocals. The song has a waltz feel to it. ‘Hypnos’ is a solid track that has a lot of forward momentum. There’s a bridge in the middle of the song that builds suspense and the payoff is a guitar solo that sounds a bit like Iron Maiden’s ‘These Colours Don’t Run’.
‘Flame of the Tyrant’ sounds like a Judas Priest song from the “Painkiller” era. The comfort in “Death” is that it sounds like classic metal bands that we all know and love. That being said, there is nothing new or different about Ram’s “Death”. Oscar Carlquist on vocals sounds like so many other singers. The guitar solos are hit or miss. What is puzzling is that they chose a track called ‘1771’ to end the album. ‘1771’ is a doom laden instrumental. It’s a bit of a slow downer of a way to end an album.