RavageThe End of Tomorrow
Rating: 1.5/5.0 – Disappointingly mediocre and rehashed
Label: Metal Blade (EU|USA)
Release Date(s): EU: 15.08.2009 | USA: 08.18.2009

Ravage_-_The_End_Of_Tomorrow_artworkCertain styles are, and should remain, dead.  There was a breed of melodic thrash metal, primarily propagated by Germans (a la Helloween) that should now be left to die.  Now, I want to be fair, much of that music has transformed into Europower, which has some great bands in it.  The style isn’t entire lost or dead, but one thing should be made clear: the bands that kept it alive are bands that did something new with it, that made it their own and that could be distinguished from the masses.  None of these things actually describe Ravage or their new album The End of Tomorrow.

No, instead of giving us a delightfully updated look at 80s thrash, or NWOBHM revival while adding something personal and great to it, Ravage just rehashes what every band that has tried to do this style since the mid-80s has done.  Let’s be perfectly clear: Ravage is made up of obviously talented players, but there isn’t a lick of originality in this sound or in this band.  There are some good riffs and some very good solos, but for the most part this record vascilates between boredom and torture, depending on the vocalist’s “singing,” a terrible mixture of cock rock and German thrash.

That actually brings me to a point: since when does being a power metal vocalist mean sounding like shit?  How is it that people got the idea that if you don’t sound like fucking UDO you’re not a good power metal vocalist?  This vocalist (Al Ravage) ravages things, alright. He ravages his throat and the notes he’s supposed to be singing.  Oh, and he ravages the English language with his mediocre, bordering on totally stupid, end-rhymy ridiculousness that he calls “lyrics.”  This is a level poetry that should only be reserved for those English As a Second Language students who are trying to learn the language, not native speakers who should be able to have a level of sophistication above rhyming anything with “guts.”  Sure, metal isn’t known for it’s lyrical sophistication, but at least in other styles the stupidity is hidden by growls instead of accentuated by an out of tune guy with a bullhorn.

Finally, a disclaimer: if you are a power metal purist who thinks that the best thing since Helloween is Gamma Ray, then Ravage_Promoyou’ll probably love this album.  If you’re not looking for anything more than what you’re already happy, comfortable and familiar with, then you’ll probably dig this and should buy this.  But even as a fan of power metal, I have trouble with this record.

Also, the artwork is totally rad.  So, kudos on that.

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  • TrueMetalInAmerica

    Ya, and the new Sonata Arctica is completely original and great? They didn’t copy the 5 million euro power metal bands that came before them? Get a clue. Ravage is one of the best metal bands on the scene today, at least they have a unique sound, which can’t be said of half the bands you have given excellent ratings to. Real heavy metal is back and some hipster losers just can’t handle it I guess. If you can’t take the power of real heavy metal go listen to Nightwish. RAVAGE THE EARTH!

    • Glad you like their record (if you don’t work for the band). I, unfortunately, thought it was a total pile of boredom. Sure, Sonata Arctica’s sound isn’t ridiculously original, but it’s way better than Ravage who doesn’t do anything that wasn’t totally unique and awesome in the mid 1980s. On the other hand SA is getting more progressive and using their multi-talented line-up to put out music that is a lot more interesting and intellectually stimulating than a band like Ravage. Plus, Ravage wouldn’t be so bad if their vocalist didn’t suck so badly. It’s not my fault that he’s brothers with the guitar player and so he can’t get kicked out of the band.

  • FalseMetalInAmerica

    Seriously d00dz. Ravage is the best thing Slagel signed since putting ‘Tallica on Metal Massacre in 82 w00t! Death all but TROOOOOOOOO METALLLLL!! Woo hoo!!

    lolz. Go get high on hair spray. Your band sucks.

  • I don’t work for the band, I don’t think they could afford to hire anyone ha ha. I’m just a friend of theirs and I stumbled on this review. I think your review is kind of funny – although it’s also funny that you should talk about originality when your site is just the metal version of the Angry Nintendo Nerd, but that’s neither here nor there. I don’t see how you can criticize Ravage’s lyrics and then take Sonata Arctica’s lyrics seriously – I mean come on, if you are going to have a basis of comparison, try a band whose lyrics aren’t equally or more ridiculous – see lyrics to “My Land” – it kind of deflates your point. It seems people are afraid of bands that sound a little different – everyone wants the same, bland, sterile cookie cutter bands. That is what I like about Ravage – there may be a mistake here or there – there may be some rawness to the vocals, but it isn’t the same thing we’ve heard a billion times. At least they have a distinct, unique sound. I think your review was way off base.

    • A few things to get out of the way. Nice change of tack.. That’s cute, acting all offended like I overreacted when you came in acting like a total dick.

      1) I have never heard of Angry Nintendo Nerd. But given the state of the internet and so forth, I was pretty surprised that I was the first guy to come up with Angry Metal Guy, so I’m not surprised that there’s something close to it.
      2) Sonata Arctica is Finnish and can’t speak the English language very well (and particularly couldn’t on their first album). Ravage doesn’t have that excuse.
      3) You expect me not to take offense when you come in here and call me a hipster because I don’t like your buddy’s band? Yeah, I’m just all about deathcore cookie cutter shit. As I said before, it’s not my fault that their vocalist is hideously talentless.
      4) And speaking of cookie cutter: I’m not afraid of bands that sound a little different.. The entire fucking point is that Ravage DOESN’T sound a little different, they are obviously rip offs of bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray, Hibria, Jag Panzer, Persuader, Angel Dust.. Seriously, man. If you think they sound original it’s obvious that you’ve never listened to this stuff in your entire life. Ripping off Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Helloween doesn’t make you original, nor does it make you fresh.

      Anyway, I’m glad you like the band. I hope more people like them. Just because I don’t like a band and I think their CD sucks doesn’t mean that I don’t wish them well. I wish them the height of success, I just won’t predict that they’ll reach it.

  • Jay

    How could you say this album is boring, did you even listen to it? And Udo is one of the best metal vocalists ever, what metal do you listen to?

  • PirateMetalMasta

    The lyrics on this are great, especially compared to most modern metal. Some of them like The Shredder and End of Tomorrow are quite crafty and meaningful on different levels. I also prefer vocalists who sing with power, not Stratovarious pansy garbage. Running Wild rules!

  • Beerdmetal

    I don’t know what’s with all the bad press, this album is cool