Risabov
Rise


3.5
great

Review

by Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (45 Reviews)
December 12th, 2013 | 20 replies | 611 views


Release Date: 03/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes less is more.

More and more nowadays are metal bands endeavouring to be more extravagant than their peers, attaching bells and whistles in droves in an unspoken battle of flashiness. While these musical fireworks displays are often enjoyable and sometimes enthralling, when the scene is utterly saturated with them they can begin to wear thin and become downright annoying. This is where albums like Risabov’s debut Rise work their magic, managing to sound fresh by virtue of a no-bullshit attitude towards overall presentation. Despite not doing anything new, Rise’s stripped-down, bare-metal aura contrasts with the uncompromising flamboyance of today’s “star” metal acts.

It’s an album that manages to astound in the most rudimentary way possible. Even with an almost total absence of synthesisers, double-tracked vocals, samples and the like, it’s difficult to mistake Rise’s plain-packaging for drabness. It clashes so vividly with what’s “in” in the metal scene today that its seemingly featureless persona proves to be a hugely distinguishing attribute. Utilising a handful of melodious tech-thrash riffs per track and clocking in at a mere 38 minutes, the album manages to maintain the listener’s attention without the need to resort to jarring tempo shifts or forced hooks. The vocals rarely stray from an unobtrusive death growl but do occasionally heighten in pitch to mix things up a bit. The best thing about the vocals isn’t necessarily the performance itself, but their sporadic usage. There’s very few things that irritate more than an omnipresent harsh vocalist, and on Rise the instruments are given ample time to both breath as well as entertain.

This consecration of all things earmarked but effective is no more obvious than in the production. Although the sound of the album is characteristically “modern” and every instrument is clean and acutely balanced, it avoids every modern sound engineering platitude with consummate ease, save for the kick drum sound. The song-writing will not leave you in awe, as each cut follows a relatively simple but effective formula. A sizeable portion of the songs centre around two key riffs, one slower and melodic and the other more aggressive and technical, before divulging into one or more instrumental breaks. Tracks such as “Head Deficiency” and “Kill Them” are a little more unconventional and progressive in execution, which adds a necessary element of diversity and unpredictability to the album. Crucially, none of these forays into more progressive territory come across as fragmented or self-indulgent, and the key riffs remain as the crux upon which each track revolves.

Sometimes less really is more, and on the whole there isn’t a lot to fault about Rise. It’s no-frills, riff-driven manner is not only infectious and addictive, but surprisingly refreshing. Risabov’s attention to overall congruence has resulted in an album that completely trumps the sum of its parts, the obvious challenge now is expanding upon their sound without succumbing to the grandiose antics they so effortlessly evaded on their debut.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2013



11391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tell me how to improve this review pls

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BigPleb
December 12th 2013



28530 Comments


Why post it then?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2013



11391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can't find anything wrong with it specifically, maybe I'm just paranoid.

BigPleb
December 12th 2013



28530 Comments


Silly.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2013



11391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The silliest.

BigPleb
December 12th 2013



28530 Comments


'The Silly one'

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2013



5612 Comments


The album is streaming at bandcamp - http://risabovgr.bandcamp.com/

Also it is a free download.

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evilford
December 12th 2013



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/

Decay
December 12th 2013



685 Comments


Good review, i guess

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2013



8221 Comments


The vocals rarely stray from an unobtrusive death growl but do occasionally heighten in pitch to throw a spanner in the works.
Pretty sure that's the wrong use of the idiom there if you meant the heightening as a positive.

Good review otherwise.

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CaptainDooRight
December 12th 2013



26428 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Solid write up, have a pos.

There's some decent riffs here and there but as a whole this album reaks of average'ness. The riffs are generic and seem to have no purpose and song structures are just weak. I did listen to this several times through before coming to that conclusion.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2013



11391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks metalstyles, dunno what I was thinking there.

And cheers captain, this review was a bit of struggle to write, probably just because of the angle I came at in regards to the album. Glad people are liking it.

demigod!
December 12th 2013



40970 Comments


RISABOV WERE GONNA RISABOV

evilford
December 12th 2013



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoa wait I thought you 4'd this Jac?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2013



11391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I readdressed the rating a bit, I think 4 was a little a generous.

evilford
December 12th 2013



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah. sweet album, I'd call it "great" but prob not quite "excellent"

ShadowRemains
December 12th 2013



19436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's some decent riffs here and there but as a whole this album reaks of average'ness. The riffs are generic
and seem to have no purpose and song structures are just weak.
I did listen to this several times through before
coming
to that conclusion.


what


CaptainDooRight
December 12th 2013



26428 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty sure ive turned tou down more than once for hitting on me

I don't think your man would be happy about this

ShadowRemains
December 12th 2013



19436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

clearly "tou" were typing fast trying to come up with a response to i'll just settle with the fact that you probably can't come up with shit for insults

tommygun
December 12th 2013



21345 Comments


pos



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