Ramesses
Possessed by the Rise of Magik


4.0
excellent

Review

by Justin Woodmancy USER (9 Reviews)
January 8th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark and in your face. Ramesses hits hard with their latest release, But they haven't put out their best work yet. I feel their next album will top even this monumental release.

Ramesses, as we all know, is 2/3rds of the original legendary Doom metal band "Electric Wizard". Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening left Electric Wizard due to growing conflict between the group, but still wanted to make music without Jus Oborn (Electric Wizard). They formed a band but needed a third man for bass (Tim Decided to pick up a guitar for Ramesses unfortuneately). They auditioned several bassists and nothing quite clicked until they talked to Adam Richardson (former member of "Lord of Peutrification"). Tim and Mark stated that Adam was by far the best match for what they were going for musically and chemisrty wise. From then on they've had a steady lineup that seems to be working well.

Now, enough about the boring history of Ramesses that I'm sure most of you already know, it's time for the actual review. "Possessed By The Rise of Magik" is a queer album to approach. It balances itself on atmospherical riffs and pounding rhythms that take a while to get accustomed to. This is because the way the band makes their music. The album jumps from one emotion to the other never really revealing its true purpose or overall feeling. The feeling that occurs the most is probably sorrow or a feeling similar to impending doom. They revisit these feelings throughout the album. Most noteably in "Sol Novico". This song has some excellent riffs that bubble to the surface from time to time. Most of the song features slowly descending guitar that builds to small "solos". Eventually, the lengthy track reaches an epic climax that I feel is one of the highlights off the album. Most of the songs on this album build and build into a final enveloping piece of music that almost seems like an award for listening through to the end of the track. But, I really like this idea. And it's not like the songs are unbearable to sit through, that is not at all the case. These songs will definitely keep you entertained if you're into slow, sludgy, Atmospherical, heavy music. And if you're not? Absolutely do not touch this album. This album is a gem within its genre. Easily one of the better sludge metal albums I've heard.

Obvioulsy, this album is very far from perfect. I have quite a few problems with it. One being the vocals. By vocals I don't mean his voice or style(s). I actually enjoy Adam's approach to singing, I find it to be very original. It's how much he sings. Sometimes, mainly in this genre and the surrounding genres, you just want to hear the riffs and the accompanying music. Too many vocals can easily kill the mood of a song, and unfortunately, this occurs in the album. Another problem I have with the album is the excessicve use of guitar effects. The entire Album is buried underneath a disgusting amount of reverb on the guitar. Although, I think I'm getting use to its presence as I dont feel nauseous after listening through the entire album anymore. Just a mild headache after sitting through it all.
The duration of the songs is another complaint of mine. A few of the songs off the album could definitely be cut about 1 minute short. Another issue that might bother others, is the low volume of the bass guitar and the high volume of the vocals. It's hard enough to hear the low end through all of the reverb and delay so I think It was unnecessary to put the bass so low in the mix. And the vocals should have been placed a little lower in the mix. They seem a little awkward at times compared to the rest of the instrument's volumes.

Despite the negative aspects of the album, There are plenty of positive things that make the LP great. One example is the lyrics. They are very blunt and stripped down. Doom metal lyrics in their simplest form, really. Right to the point with close to no metaphors or hidden messages. I feel that it suits the mysterious sound of the instruments quite well. The originality of Ramesses really shines on this album as well. It's hard to find something that sounds even remotely close to this. If you are expecting something similar to Electric Wizard from this album, Then you will be extremely dissapointed with the music here. It is curiously far from the music that was concieved in the original days of Electric Wizard and in some ways, it's better.
The Drums on this album are absolutely phenomenal but you can only expect that from Mark Greening. For example, the songs "Safety in Numbness" and "Plague Beak" feature outstanding percussion that doesn't particularly stand out. Giving it a close listen you will see the true brilliance of his drumming style. Simple, Rhythmic, and devastatingly groovey and loose patterns really keep this album fresh and prevent it from becomimg unbearably stale. The riffs found in this album are also very good. I was actually surprised by the quality of some of the guitar parts. The first riff in album opener "Invisible Ritual" is really good and crushingly heavy. An excellent way to start off the album as the opener is quite a bit different from the songs that follow.

Overall, I find this album to be rather enjoyable. A lot of others should enjoy it as well. I think it's a shame that this band gets little to no recognition in the metal community while bands like Kylesa, who I find to be painfully mediocre, get tons of exposure. Ramesses is leagues ahead of Kylesa and many other modern metal bands in both talent and originality. Listen to this album if you don't believe me. Ramesses is one album away from making something really special and great that will put them on the map for others to find out about. I'm not saying this album isn't great, because it is, I'm only saying that I don't think that they have reached their full potential, and when they do, more people will know about them. They will put other metal bands comparable to them to shame......maybe.
Reccommended Tracks:
Sol Novico
Safety In Numbness
Plague Beak
Towers of Silence
(In No Particular Order)
Please reply and give me criticism. Thanks for reading.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Relinquished
January 8th 2012


25200 Comments


album rules

KILL
January 9th 2012


71957 Comments


n/

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

oWhoadYo
July 14th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is so fucking amazing. Why don't more people know about these guys? They seriously make Kylesa and baroness look like such jokes. Songs like "Sol Novico" and "Possessed By The Rise Of Magik" are leagues ahead of anything either band will ever write. Please, do yourself a favor and listen to these guys. You will not be disappointed, they are easily the best Sludge/Doom band out there today.

tarkus
July 14th 2012


5560 Comments


ramases>

Relinquished
July 14th 2012


25200 Comments


easily no

oWhoadYo
July 14th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I honestly don't see how anyone can like Kylesa or Baroness. I just don't see it. But, This album rules to ridiculous amounts. If you haven't heard it, go listen to it. You may not love it as much as I do, but you'll definitely like it.

Relinquished
July 14th 2012


25200 Comments


kylesa aren't that bad. To Walk a Middle Course is pretty good.

oWhoadYo
July 14th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meh. They are just so average to me. It kinda hurts just listening to them knowing there are so many better bands out there. Same with Baroness. Let me describe every song by Baroness ever.

"Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!"

There are seriously like 10 words to every song, he just holds them out for 20 seconds at a time. They have one melody and one singing style, which is to remove all of the air from his lungs as quick and as loud as possible. It just sounds imbecilic to me. And incredibly stale as well.

Relinquished
July 14th 2012


25200 Comments


but have you even heard that album

oWhoadYo
July 14th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...Yes. Yes, I have. I've only not heard their first and I'd rather not. To me, it's like the tried to be heavy by being a generic Nu Sludge band and it just failed horribly. Especially on that album and Time Will Fuse its Worth. Their riffs are incredibly boring and they overuse the open A# like crazy. They chug the C in almost each song during their verses and their use of the tri-tone and octaving is stale and predictable. Song structures hardly differ and songs drag for what seems to be an eternity. Despite their obvious attempts at being heavy, they completely fail, and even if they succeeded in being dense in any way, the production would suck all of it away. Just not a good band by any means. Nothing they do is original or interesting. When will people see this?

oWhoadYo
November 8th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules so hard. Everyone stop what you're doing and spin this shit. Sol Novico is a masterpiece

oWhoadYo
November 9th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn Right.

Inveigh
December 26th 2013


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is definitely fucking awesome

Inveigh
March 4th 2014


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the awesomeness of this is indescribable, but i'm going to try

has that classic EW sound, but somehow sludgier and with an evil atmosphere that's almost as much black metal as it is Pentagram/Sabbath



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