Artist : rabrot
Album : Revenge
Year : 2010
Genre : Metal
Label : Fysisk Format
Cat.nr : FY28
Source : CDDA
R.date : 18.09.2010
Size : 67,1 MB
Encoder : LAME 3.97 -V2 --vbr-new
Bitrate : avg. 195kbps
Quality : 44,1kHz/Joint-Stereo
Website : http://www.arabrot.com/
01. The Most Sophisticated Form of Revenge 02:19
02. Interim Me 05:53
03. The Wretched Child 02:53
04. The Dolorous Years 12:36
05. Murder 01:28
06. End of First Chant I 01:30
07. The Pilgrimage 06:01
08. End of First Chant II 03:22
09. The Primrose Path 12:19
Norwegian metallers rabrot have scores to settle.
Taking their name from their local garbage
disposal - next to which the authorities saw fit
to establish a school for troubled youths - track
titles such as "The Wretched Child", "Interim Me"
and "The Dolorous Years" make the target of
Revenge's vengeance seem uncomfortably plain.
As the taut, predatory opener "The Most
Sophisticated Form Of Revenge" gives way to the
nightmarish guitar and harsh sonics of "Interim
Me", it's clear that rabrot are a band full of
ideas. "The Dolorous Years" may begin
unconvincingly, but frontman Kjetil Nernes'
seething and wailing gives way to a lengthy guitar
barrage which becomes aggressively persuasive by
virtue of its sheer power and intensity. Album
highlight, though, is "The Wretched Child", which
has Nernes fair shredding his larynx amidst a
engrossing, muscular workout that somehow manages
to combine a dead-eyed focus with a knowing sense
of the melodramatic.
Indeed, even at their most straightforward,
rabrot are restlessly creative. "End Of First
Chant I" is in and out within 90 seconds, but is
immensely gratifying both viscerally and
cerebrally. And even when the band's experiments
fail to hit home, they're still hugely admirable.
"The Primrose Path" might make for an
anticlimactic conclusion to the album, but it's
deliberately so - an incredibly clever and
courageous closing statement.
Revenge is a truly special record, and one that
deserves to permeate beyond the confines of the
metal community. It's a powerful, cathartic,
intelligent, ambitious, surprising album, which
has its makers taking a sledgehammer to the limits
of both the metal genre and of their own
compositional craft - as well as going some way to
burying the ghosts of their troubled past.