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Count Raven - Mammons War (CD)

Count Raven
Mammons War
by Mike Novak at 12 October 2009, 12:49 PM

Doom Metal has always been a funny genre for me. When done correctly, it is one of my favorite sub-genres. However, aside from the originators BLACK SABBATH, only CANDLEMASS has been consistent in delivering top-notch, quality Doom. Some, like Russia's SCALD, were only able to release one album before their unfortunate demise (If you can find a copy of Will of the Gods is Great Power, GET IT!). Others, like TROUBLE, changed their sound, and while they have released some decent material over the years, only their debut album can really be considered Doom Metal. COUNT RAVEN is a band that has flown under my radar for quite some time, until now.

COUNT RAVEN was formed all the way back in 1989 and released several albums before breaking up in 1998. They reunited in 2003 and Mammons War is their first album that they have released since reuniting.

It is obvious from the get-go that COUNT RAVEN, like so many other Doom bands, is heavily influenced by BLACK SABBATH. In fact, lead singer Dan Fondelius sounds (very) similar to OZZY OSBOURNE. The riffs are not as heavy as classic Iommi riffs, but they are still suitably heavy and maintain a consistent level of quality. Some songs, like The Poltergeist are more in-your-face, while others, like the epic A Lifetime are more atmospheric. Both styles work really well.

My one real complaint comes from the lack of soloing throughout the record. A few solos pop up, but they are more simplistic, rather than being epic and powerful (see: CANDLEMASS). Also, some solos would provide some contrast to all of the guitar riffs. Also, in several of the songs, there are sections that drag on a bit longer than needed.

Shame on me for only just now listening to COUNT RAVEN; this band has supposedly been releasing classics for years now and Mammons War has convinced me to check out their back catalogue. Those unfamiliar with this band are highly encouraged to purchase this album ASAP; those who have been fans for a while will certainly not be disappointed.

4 Star Rating

The Poltergeist   
The Entity
Mammons War
A Lifetime
To Kill a Child
To Love, Wherever You Are
Magic Is…   
Seven Days
Increasing Deserts
Dan Fondelius - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Strings
Fredrik Jansson - Bass, Djembe, Percussion
Jens Bock - Drums
Record Label: I Hate Records


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