Band: RED RAVEN
Title: Chapter II: Digithell
Label: Fastball Music
Style: Melodic Progressive Metal
Obviously the prime point of interest in this band is Frank Beck, current vocalist of the legendary Gamma Ray, so from this point of view Red Raven has already a good starting point with this second full-length album of theirs, I'm sure Gamm Ray's fans will be at least interested in giving this a try. The music Red Raven offers on these 12 tracks, in an hour of total playing time, is an experimental, progressive, open-minded kind of Melodic Metal based on high level technical skills and composition potential of its members, topped by Frank's exceptional vocal range and power of expression. The band joins in their melting pot even Flamenco or Blues influences on top of the "usual" Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Power Metal sonorities, and the music sounds really powerful (reminds me of Accept at times) on some tracks, or really touching and sentimental on some others. The main problem inhere, as I see it, is the lack of some really memorable tracks, all of them are exquisite to listen to, but they don't leave major marks on your mind after the audition, and probably that's the section the band needs more work on their next material. But again, this is really good quality material, professional, involving, diverse and classy.
Reviewed by Adrian