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REVIEW (ALBUM): ‘Lost Ritual’ by Raging Speedhorn

This is a review for Lost Ritual, the 6th album from ‘sludgecore’ kings Raging Speedhorn.


The album kicks off in style with the glorious headbanger of a single that is ‘Bring Out Your Dead’. We then move into ‘Halfway To Hell’, an example of how something as simple as a lone bass guitar can signal to you that shit is about to go down. Track 3 (a.k.a. ‘Motorhead’) is another certified crowd pleaser, with the chorus evolving into gang chant that you’ll find it difficult not to join in with. ‘Evil Or Mental’ begins in a somewhat similar way to ‘Halfway To Hell’ but it is by no means a rehash. The albums fourth song is a stomping anthem that contains yet another example of the bands eye for a chorus that an audience will throw itself into. The slower tempo continues into the next song, creating a sludgy 6:36 epic ‘Ten Of Swords’. At points the vocals are reminiscent of Phil Anselmo’s work in Pantera. Speed soon picks up again with the hard rocking ‘Dogshit Blues’, a track that seems almost designed for getting down and dirty in the pit. The next track, ‘The Hangman’, is a good blend of what could be seen as the two different sides of Speedhorn, the pit ready rockers and the sludgy dirge fiends. Around the 3 minute mark, the band drops in some ‘Boris The Spider’ style vocals helping drive home the darkness of this song. Despite being just under 3 minutes long, ‘Shit Outta Luck’ manages to bring forth all the images of circle pits, shout alongs and headbanging the rest of the album contained and meld them into one song. Comin’ Home continues the album ‘wind down’ (although this being Raging Speedhorn, little winding down is actually done), being another track you can picture yourself moshing along to. The album ends on the aptly titled ‘Unleash The Serpent’. Aptly titled due to the variety of vocal styles on show, ranging from almost whispers (which bring to mind some kind of giant reptile… perhaps Jörmungandr?) to good ol’ fashioned Speedhorn chorus shout. Its’ weighty riffing perfectly pummels the album to a finish. In short, Lost Ritual is a solid album of meaty metal tunes that truly showcases Raging Speedhorn as a mighty riff machine that you’d have to be made of stone not to move in some way to.



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You can pick up a copy of the new album (alongside many other merch items) here.


REVIEW (LIVE): Icarus Fell

This review was conducted at the Icarus Fell/Massmatiks/Tilt Back show at The Horn on the 23rd of April 2016.


Despite not being the most ‘popular’ band on the bill, the boys of Icarus Fell play like they easily could be. Facebook likes to paint a deceiving picture and they draw in the biggest crowd of the night. They kick off their set with an instrumental number, which provides an apt introduction for the evening ahead. Not long into their set, disaster strikes in the form of vocalist/bassist Cameron Owden’s microphone cutting out. What could’ve so easily knocked them off kilter didn’t seem to dent the young bands confidence too much. Whilst the microphone issue is fixed, they charge on through their set without so much as a brief pause. They continue to show just how well their sound works instrumentally (albeit this time unintentionally): the guitar, bass and drums just keep driving forward. By the end of the song, the vocals are back and normal business can resume. Icarus Fell conduct an auditory rampage throughout The Horn, the weight of the riffs pushes your head down and before you know it, you’re banging your head along! Their powerful set does a great job of advertising their new EP ‘Concrete Desert’ with four out of the seven songs appearing on the record (Fool, Sticks And Stones, Burnt At Both Ends and Gasoline). ‘Gasoline’ is an accurate demonstration of what Icarus Fell aims to do, and that is to rock your socks off.



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Details for the bands upcoming gigs:

June 19th – Northampton @ The King Billy (NMF16 Rock Stage)

July 21st – Milton Keynes @ The Craufurd Arms