Raging Speedhorn

Before The Sea Was Built

Written by: PP on 03/02/2008 04:53:01

In the era of the internet where music floods into your ears from every imaginable corner, it has become increasingly rare to find truly original music, music that leaves you shaking upon first listen, music that leaves a lasting impression on you, changing something inside you indefinitely. That\'s why it puzzles me why Raging Speedhorn aren\'t bigger than they are, because if their earlier material is anywhere near as good as their fourth album \"Before The Sea Was Built\" (according to reviews it is!), it\'s really freaking weird why this band isn\'t headlining massive tours across the world with big name acts eagerly enlisting to support them. I assume the fact that they originate from Britain has something to do with it.

Anyhow, the first thing you\'ll notice about \"Before The Sea Was Built\" is the brilliant vocal structures in every song. The band uses a fierce, at times ravaging dual-vocal assault, where one vocalist has deeper, almost growled parts, and the other exhibits a more typical hardcore/metalcore hybrid kind of voice. On most songs the two styles alternate if not line-by-line, at least in the verse/chorus/verse level, adding insane contrast between the chaotic in-your-face screaming, that might remind you of Converge at times, and the more brutal, death metallish shriek that leaves the listener shivering over it\'s thick, raw power. When these two styles overlap, the result is nothing short of pure amazingness. The two gruesome styles battle for space against each other, occasionally topping one another at different sound levels. You\'ll have the growler during background vocals behind aggressive screaming, and the next moment the roles switch, and you can imagine the growler making a massive leap at you, swallowing your head in the process. Listen to the incredible \"Sound Of Waves\" or \"Mishima\" for great examples of this.

Instrumentally, the band keeps up with the astonishing vocal work. Utilizing a unique combination of modern hardcore breakdowns, the progression of bands like Boil or High On Fire, elements of Gothenburg death metal and metalcore, the band shouldn\'t leave anyone cold. Some songs are almost lifted straight from the trick book of Converge, sending a full blown sonic assault your way at breakneck speeds, while others compete the mighty Mastodon in sludgy melodic progression. See the snappy \"Who Will Guard The Guards?\" for an example. But the band also demonstrates they can mix all these styles together into a single song to convince all doubters about their excellence. The album opener, \"Everything Changes\", for instance, begins with relatively silent foreshadowing riff progression making you think of a band like Come Sleep, and continues on that path for about a minute and a half, before the lights flash bright and the band erupts into a monumental mixture of chaotic vocals and rigid riffage, where especially the vocals leave you standing in awe-inspiration, because I guarantee you won\'t have heard anything like it before. Witnessing that very explosion live could very well be the best moment you\'ll experience from any live band, ever. Its sheer power is enough to blast this album into the top end of our rating scale, but as if that wasn\'t enough, the title track follows almost exactly where the opener left off, sniping every ounce of skepticism from your mind second by second.

Whether it\'s hardcore, punk, metalcore, death metal or progressive music that you love, Raging Speedhorn is for you. They cross entire musical spectrums at such ease I never thought possible. Every hurdle you throw at the band they demolish, and in the process, you might just have found your most underrated band of 2007. Don\'t miss this.

8

Download: Everything Changes, Sound Of Waves, Who Will Guard The Guards?
For the fans of: Converge, Mastodon, Nine, The Ocean
Listen: Myspace
Buy: iTunes

Release date 10.09.2007
SPV/Steamhammer
Provided by Target ApS

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