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Posts Tagged ‘Ride For Revenge’

RIDE FOR REVENGE – THY HORRENDOUS YEARNING LP (Hells Headbangers Records)

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Ride For Revenge - Thy Horrendous YearningRide For Revenge’s uncanny and welcome ability to consistently conjure some the most demented, unique and twisted Black Metal known to man was underlined indelibly by sixth full-length, ‘Thy Horrendous Yearning’, which is yet another exhibition of their trademark noisy, mid-paced, utterly-off-the-wall, drum-and-bass-heavy psychedelic psychosis.

There is no other force quite like Ride For Revenge and all of their records are mandatory, including this one. Crushing, life-affirming madness again presented in a gatefold jacket with printed lyrics to read along with. You probably have this already?…

Evilometer: 666/666

RIDE FOR REVENGE / BELOW – RIDE FOR REVENGE / BELOW LP (Final Agony Records)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

ride-for-revenge-belowAs we have by now come to expect, Ride For Revenge’s 20-minute contribution, ‘Lust Fuck For Torment’, is exceptional. These guys can simply do no wrong. On Side B, Below chips in with four tracks of suitably harrowing, unnerving madness to complete a superb split album that belongs in every collection.

Another triumph for the festered underground.

Evilometer: 666/666

RIDE FOR REVENGE – AGELESS POWERS ARISE LP (Bestial Burst / Northern Heritage)

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Ride For Revenge - Ageless Powers AriseRide For Revenge return rather quickly with a fifth full-length and it would be fair to suggest that ‘Ageless Powers Arise’ continues pretty much along similar lines to the previous four. These guys have a style all of their own and their sound is one of the most instantly recognisable in Black Metal – demented, twisted, warped, slow-to-mid-paced sonic majesty with lots of drum, lots of bass and lots of noise.

This is another suitably fucked-up, trippy ride and it’s one that you should most certainly take. Each Ride For Revenge record is as mandatory as the last / next. For quality and consistency, RFR is hard to top. Record comes in a gatefold sleeve with lyrics (and quite a low sound, so you have to crank it way up).

Evilometer: 666/666

RIDE FOR REVENGE – ENTER THE GAUNTLET 2LP (Bestial Burst / Northern Heritage)

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Ride For Revenge - Enter The GauntletIt’s easy to review a Ride For Revenge LP so I will keep it short and sweet. ‘Enter The Gauntlet’ is another exhilarating contribution to add to a growingly-monstrous canon. At 73 minutes, it’s also by far and away the band’s longest full-length to date and the magnificent, demented 24-minute ‘The Fog Is Green And Pungent’ – which takes up all of Side B – has to be heard to be believed.

Everything RFR does is mandatory and this is more of the same trademark brilliance that I’ve come to know and love. No Watain- or Burzum-like departures up their own anuses to be found here. The double-vinyl edition comes in a gatefold home with lyrics included. Awesome stuff.

Evilometer: 666/666

RIDE FOR REVENGE – UNDER THE EYE LP (KVLT)

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The third full-length release from Ride For Revenge is yet another captivating odyssey. This band can do no wrong and ‘Under The Eye’ cements their position at the forefront of the frightfully fresh and vibrant Finnish Black Metal scene. While they may not peddle what you could call orthodox or traditional BM, RFR’s music is nevertheless intriguing, invigorating and downright essential.

Scaly, bizarre, semi-electronic opener ‘For Those About To Kneel’ doesn’t particularly fit in with the rest of the album at all. As intros go, it is dubious at best but I’m prepared to grant the artists the benefit of the doubt on this one, confident that it’s deliberately odd and unusual as opposed to just pure dumb and ill-thought-out. For the next 40 minutes or so, it’s a thrilling ride, culminating in the excellent title track, which closes with warm fuzz and noise and weird samples and spoken parts. A nice evil end to a deliciously-nasty slab of excellent extreme musick.

Here is a band that deserves to be enjoyed in the vinyl format. Their sound is perfect for black wax and they also release mandatory splits (such as this) as well as the compulsory LPs. Debut ‘King Of Snakes’ had me hooked from the off and ‘Wisdom Of The Few’ required repeated listening before its undeniable majesty finally washed over me. The new album hit me hard first time I spun it and it has been easily standing up to a ridiculous amount of repeat listens.

Bass- and drum-heavy, tracks like ‘Second Gate Opening With Power’, ‘Prevail In Hell’ (which features some almost psychedelic guitar playing at the end), ‘The Gutter And The Grave’ and the utterly schizophrenic, warped sermon ‘Through’ at the start of Side B are up there with the best songs of any genre you’re going to hear these days (not to forget the gurgling behemoth known as ‘From Darkness We Ride’), while the breathtaking instrumental tunes  ‘Conversation In Death’ and ‘The Hawk Appears’ are brilliantly-composed and -performed slices of dark dementia.

All in all, this is the latest chapter in RFR’s obscure take on weird slow-to-mid-paced Black Metal and it couldn’t be farther from disappointing. The whole ugly thing appears in a sumptuous gatefold sleeve, with one-sheet inlay and crazed lyrics included. I think you need this tribal, primal, deathly, haunting LP badly.

Evilometer: 666/666

UNDOR / RIDE FOR REVENGE – Split LP (Bestial Burst)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Bearing in mind the almost prohibitive limitation of this vinyl-only release, I think it’s safe to assume that the bands and label don’t really care whether you purchase it or not. Nor do I. But I’d recommend it strongly, all the same. This is great underground Back Metal. With a twist. The sort of release that a BM fanatic couldn’t possibly regret owning…

I wasn’t familiar with the German / Hungarian act Undor previously but I’ll be keeping an eye out for them in future (though rumour has it that they may have disbanded already). Their contribution is ‘Sanguis Sacer’, a lengthy, sprawling slab of mid-tempo blackness that crawls along and infects your mind like a germ. Dark and sort of depressive and of interminable length (I wasn’t going to clock it), it’s a superb offering that highlights Undor as one to watch. That was a true bonus because it was for the inimitable RFR that I purchased this record:

Ride For Revenge also spews out a big long fucker, their anthem a contorted, uncooperative, non-standard Black Metal tune, an epic distortion that has to be consumed as a whole, Upon first listen, I thought the drone and noise at the start – which goes on for quite some time – was completely unnecessary and nigh-on-ridiculous. However, when consumed as part of the whole, it works wonderfully well. Treated as one complicated piece, ‘Ridiculed by Ladies of the Moon’ is something very special indeed, drenched in reverb and bass-heavy in a way that RFR has mastered.

In terms of vocals, it’s that bizarre existing-on-the-outskirts-of-civilisation snarl, almost animalistic. Subhuman. A feral rasp that’s reminiscent of Blood of the Black Owl, only weirder. This is the kind of Black Metal you’d find in the gutter along with the corpses of whores and politicians; absolutely superb.

Evilometer: 666/666