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Ramming Speed – No Epitaphs

Ramming Speed
No Epitaphs
by Branislav Stanojevic at 14 October 2015, 2:00 PM

Founded in 2006 under Thrash/Grind metal banner, these five guys from NYC, Boston and Richmond bring you something unusual, and I must admit unseen in all the years I've been a metalhead; the blend of few genres and styles mixed into a one story tagged RAMMING SPEED. On September 4th, this year their latest manifest “No Epitaphs” has its first rays of light, a 3rd full-length and a 7th release in band's history.

This whole album reminds me of time, some years ago, when there were amount of bands whom tried to, literally, CPR whole world of Thrash Metal; adding some new elements to the traditional pioneer sound and to the style. Back then that actually had its minor blossom and a tapping-to-the-backs, but, I am not quite sure that little experiment would work now-a-days too.

This bands, in bottom lines, has stuff to offer, we must lay the trust – the energic and in some seconds brutally forced rhythm of Trash Metal riffing blended into a Grind-ish story, is just uncommon, and quite melodic tale.

Kicking off with a song titled “No Forgiveness in Death” - basically, you'd name this song a characteristic Thrash Metal lay, but hearing amount of Grind and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal elements can distinct for a common pattern. Numero duo is “Choke Holds and Bullet Holes” - well, let's face it, a lyrically and musically typical for a Trashing band (yet again, the vocals give it's uniqueness). Track number four is my favorite one; here I feel the band's limit and it's pretty unlimited going further from a classic 80's or the I-wannabe-Big4 bands! “The Life We Chose” can go under Grind meta-tag, or at least its beginning, but somewhere at the middle this melodic solo kicks in out of no where and spices the song. Even though it's amazing piece of skill, the solo, I don't find it needed in a song like this, it made me lose my focus few times, because in one moment I'm preaching the solo and then puff, it's gone and entirely new ground rise after it. Same this happens with “Walls” - too many things to handle.

Let's be fair, some years back this would be an epic deed, but now I don't think it “goes with the flow”. I liked it, and would like to listen to it again, but only if you guys would try to change the genre-rate; take one genre and base yourselves on to it by adding the other ones in periods.

3 Star Rating

1. No Forgiveness in Death
2. Choke Holds and Bullet Holes
3. Beasts of Labor
4. Don't Let This Stay Here
5. This Is the Life We Chose
6. Walls
7. Break in the Chain
8. Truth to Power
9. Super Duty
10. Horns of War
11. Momentary Masters
Peter Gallagher - Vocals
Kallen Bliss - Guitars
Snake Chuffskin - Guitars
Ben Powell - Bass
Jonah Livingston - Drums
Record Label: Prosthetic Records


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