(8/10) It’s not easy to talk about The Raven Age without mentioning Steve Harris, the father of founding member George Harris. The young guitarist is gifted with a great sense for music and shouldn’t be reduced to ‘being the son of’ only. Steve Harris and Iron Maiden might have helped the guys to get off the ground, but they need to fly on their own, if I stick to this metaphor.
The first attempt of flying was the debut, released in 2017, followed by intensive touring activities. Two years later it’s the second longplayer that hits the stores, showing a band that grew over time.
The new album starts rather relaxed. Instead of being confronted right away with modern and heavy riffing it’s an acoustic guitar that introduces you to ‘Conspiracy’. After two and a half minutes the pattern changes with the band unleashing immense riff power.
‘Betrayal of the Mind’ is the real opener, characterized by a modern metal sound and melodic vocal lines. The Raven Age picks it up where the left off with the debut. This means that you can expect an evolvement of their modern metal but no significant changes.
The first single release ‘Fleur de Lis’ reflects this key characteristics very well and belongs to the best songs on the album. Furthermore it’s the moderate paced tunes like ‘Surrogate’ that belong to the great moments on ‘Conspiracy’. Beside all the heavy rocking tunes there’s a moment when the quintet takes the foot from the pedal. ‘The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships’ is a half-ballad that begins soulful and calm. The track gains power along the way but never turns into a loud and smashing metal track.
The following ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ and ‘Scimitar’ unveils the metal passion of The Raven Age again and end the silence.
The sophomore album of the London-based quintet can easily connect to the positive impression the debut made on fans of modern metal. It feels like all the touring during the last two years brought the band closer together which manifests itself in clever songwriting and a dense sound.
- Bloom of the Poison Seed
- Betrayal of the Mind
- Fleur de Lis
- The Day the World Stood Still
- Seventh Heaven
- Forgotten World
- The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships
- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- Grave of the Flies
Label: Corvid Records
Genre: Modern Metal
Release Date EU: March 8th, 2019