Ramlord
Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (47 Reviews)
February 25th, 2013 | 21 replies


Release Date: 02/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blacker than the blackest black times infinity.

Since its inception in 2011, Ramlord have been busy at work producing blackened crust jams and have garnered their fair share of hype and recognition in the scene. After the debut tape Stench of Fallacy, a twenty-seven minute burn of muddy riffs and strangely found harmony, came two splits with Condensed Flesh and fellow experimental black/crust outfit Cara Neir. And all within the short time span of less than two years, the band is here once again with a sophomore album and worthy placeholder in their already flourishing discography. Young, but well versed, Ramlord hit home with 2013’s Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom: a bleak collection of contemptuous crust tracks that leave a cautiously caustic caption of corrosive carnage behind.

Breaking straight into the album, opener ‘Nihil ***ing Lifeblood’ is an exercise in letting the listener know exactly what Ramlord is all about. From the opening riff, juxtaposing eerily clean chord progressions with more dissonant and casually brash ones, the music teeters along slowly and methodically as it builds to an opening roar, gains momentum and bursts into a frenzy of chaotic tremolo picked riffs and d-beat stylings. As the song changes tempo all throughout its run-time, pacing from fast and violent to sludgy and slow, it encompasses the overall sound of the album and doesn’t hold back.

In comparison with Ramlord’s debut album, Stench of Fallacy, the production on Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom is a drastic change, with a much fuller, more balanced sounding mix that doesn’t sacrifice the classic foggy production of the music, still bearing a significant cacophonous sound. The vocals range from shrieks to low bellows and the guitars frantically alter from melodious to as chaotic and atonal as possible throughout songs, the crusty bitterness of the triple-threat ‘Eroded’, ‘Enslaved’ and ‘Embittered’ display the bands prowess for creating punchy thirty-second hardcore tunes, epitomising the album’s nihilistic grimness in a quick minute and a half.

With a keen knack for killer riffs, Ramlord have created some devastating blackened ballads sure to please any punk fan. All the way up to the eight-minute closer (and follow-up to the ‘Affliction of Clairvoyance (Part One)’ track from their split with Cara Neir), ‘Extinction of Clairvoyance (Part Two)’, Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom presents a wholly engaging listen and doesn’t overstay its welcome, bringing a solid thirty-seven minutes of tasty tunes and dark jams.



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MichaelSnoxall
February 25th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Short review. Sick album, check it out. Pay-what-you-want download: http://hypaethralrecords.bandcamp.com/album/crippled-minds-sundered-wisdom

BallsToTheWall
February 25th 2013


44805 Comments


Team Ramrod WHOOOO

MichaelSnoxall
February 25th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

A literacola.

MO
February 25th 2013


19226 Comments


good album

MichaelSnoxall
February 25th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think 5 skele accounts neg'd this.

MichaelSnoxall
February 25th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I took it to the mods and two negs are gone, so he must have been at least two of them. Anyways, thanks for reading and pos'ing, Mike.

MichaelSnoxall
February 25th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah, just noticed that. I'm sick of him, every once in a while he gets on 5-10 accounts and negs all my reviews.

demigod!
February 26th 2013


45502 Comments


this sounds interesting hmm

Digging: The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

bach
February 26th 2013


13404 Comments


Nihil fucking Lifeblud

had to do it. Excellent review, btw. pos


MichaelSnoxall
February 26th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Nihil fucking Lifeblud"

lol'd.

Thanks for reading, friends.

bach
February 26th 2013


13404 Comments


All jokes aside, someone should make skele into a meme.

MichaelSnoxall
February 26th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Skele is a joke in and of himself.

LivingThrowaway
March 3rd 2013


44 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty sweet album. Good Review. Pos.

MichaelSnoxall
March 3rd 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks

MichaelSnoxall
March 3rd 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good to hear, bro

MichaelSnoxall
March 3rd 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hahahahaha, oh lordy

MichaelSnoxall
March 5th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

glad you're liking it, man

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2013


22018 Comments


Good review, man. pos'd.

Gonna check this soon.

Tyrael
March 6th 2013


20986 Comments


good band

decent review

DeathPiercedMe
March 6th 2013


676 Comments


review sucks. neg.



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