Raised Fist
Dedication


4.0
excellent

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


General Info:
The band Raised Fist from sweden was formed in 1993, and released their major debut at Burning Heart records in 1998. Currently the band consits of five members: Marco, Daniel (both guitar), Oskar (drums), Josse (bass) and Alle (vocals). 'Dedication' is the third major album by the band.


The CD:
No big introduction here. From the first second this album goes off like there is no tomorrow. The first two tracks, "Get this right!" and "That's why", are fast as hell. The drumming is great, and the singer does his best to break the mike with his singing. But because of the high speed some details of the guitars and the bass just get lost in this wall of sound. That's kinda sad, cause I guess that could have been avoided (better mixing etc.).

What I like very much with this album is, that it does not get monotonious(sp?). Many other CDs of hardcore bands sounded very much the same to me after a while. Raised Fist get more rythmic ("Message beneath contempt"), and have some interresting changes ("Dedication", "Illustration of Desperation"), while progressing from track to track. On "Another day", there are even very melodic guitar parts, without any distortion or effects at all. Still there are a lot of sudden speed attacks any here and there. Very good, hard stuff.

The numerous bass 'solos' kinda suprised me where . Ok, maybe not the most high quality ones, that exist out there. After all, there is no Jaco Pastorious at work here. But they are a lot of fun to listen to, and fit the songs good. As well as the drumming, which I like a lot. (Check out the solo on "That's why". sounds pretty amazing) There is even a little 'duet' on this CD. The last track "Between the demons" features the singer of Defleshed, Gustav.

My personal favorites:
  • Message between contempt
  • Dedication
  • Another day
  • Get this right

To sum it up: 35 minutes of hardcore mayhem. Great, fast, hard music, that does not get boring hearing it over and over again. If you're looking for a good solid hardcore CD, chick this one out. To get a first impression of the band: You can get a gratis MP3 on the homepage. The links are listed above.

My rating: 3.5 - 4/5



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meeeeeeeeeeeeee (returned)
July 3rd 2004


19 Comments


yeah I have this CD, great hardcore stuff!

cbmartinez
July 3rd 2004


2525 Comments


Yes, this is an amazing CD. Raised Fist is one of the best hardcore/metalcore acts out there. Get This Right! is a kickass song. Another Day is great too.

Luxor
July 3rd 2004


166 Comments


Boooooooring, every song sounds exactly like the last.

BuddyBigsby
July 3rd 2004


531 Comments


This band good. I'll check this out.

clouds_are_cool
September 19th 2004


13 Comments


i got one word for this album. angry. if your in the mood for some relentless anger just place this in your cd player or ipod and enjoy.

MetalliCanadian
December 24th 2004


4 Comments


I have this cd, unfortunately I lost it, but I still have it on my iPod. My favourite song is Disable Me, but the whole album is really, really good.

Fabz
August 4th 2005


136 Comments


Great review and great album. My favorite songs on this album are Get This Right, Message Beneath Contempt, Illustration Of Desparation, Dedication and Another Day (my favorite one).

Arrakakaka
November 8th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure gets me pumped.

VicousV
February 11th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably thir best albumThis Message Edited On 02.11.06

Pete
March 9th 2006


189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is an awesome album indeed, I love "Get this Right!" and "Message Beneath Contempt" to death. Everyone should see RF live at least once in life.

Gnarmageddon
March 19th 2006


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album, good band, good review.

dUSK
April 21st 2006


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of the few Hardcore album I enjoy (although my experience with the genre is limited). Get This Right! is an awesome opener.



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