‘Ambient, Progressive Metal from Edinburgh’. Ok. Prog alert… Prog for me used to be, well, Pink Floyd (yawns) – but thankfully the word metal added makes it sound and feel completely different. Shattered Skies & Sumer already fly the flag for the genre to my ears and Ramage Inc well and truly added to the quality that the UK offers here.
The 10 songs on here combined are well over 65 minutes in length and that should give you an idea on what your listening orifii have to look forward to. Mammoth opener ‘Earth Shaker‘ is a huge start in both length and quality and really shows where Ramage Inc are going to take you. ‘Guardian‘ up next is probably my song of the album and it’s an almost orthodox metal tune. ‘Enter the Whirlwind‘ starts superbly with some double bass drum and funky bassline before vocalist/guitarist Ramage reminds you he’s there and the song begins proper – his clean and gruff voices here are excellent as is the vocal on next song, ‘Within Circles‘, this time with Hammy‘s drumming really strong too.
‘Learn More‘ has a doomy, djent intro that drifts into a mid paced tune and ‘Break Out‘ is another beautifully chilled out journey. ‘Transaparency‘ reminds me how difficult it is to pick a favourite – this off beat off kilter tune really is an epic song and ‘Handle This‘ next still has the prog elements but a much more simple feel. ‘Dark‘ has almost Muse style vocals in paces and album closer ‘Loss‘ is over 10 minutes of haunting, dark, djent with what sounds like chanting monks adding to the ambience of the song wonderfuly.
Being totally honest this has been a challenge to review – it’s not a simple listen and would definitely fall in the category of most of the best albums which need more than one listen to truly appreciate what’s going on. Every song here takes the listener on a soaring, layered challenge and, as always, there will be those who won’t accept the challenge that the term ‘prog’ stereotypes bands into – that’s fine – like a fine wine there will always be those who turn their nose up because it’s not lager…
It's not a simple listen and would definitely fall in the category of most of the best albums which need more than one listen to truly appreciate what's going on. Every song here takes the listener on a soaring, layered challenge and, as always, there will be those who won't accept the challenge that the term 'prog' stereotypes bands into.