Released: 2010, Metal on Metal Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Greek heavy/power metal act Ragenheart has come a long way since it was put together back in 2002. The band released their debut 5-track demo IN THE NAME OF GOD just in 2006 and it was greatly received among the fans of the band as well as media (Terrorizer even featured Ragenheart for a relatively big article during the same year).
Ragenheart´s 9-track, self-titled studio album has now been unleashed through Italian true metal label Metal On Metal Records, and based on my first couple of spins, I have to admit there´s at least a little truckful of justified praise around this Greek metal act. The band´s mixture of both heavy and power metal has found a good balance within their songs, drawing its influences from such bands as Maiden, Rainbow, Yngwie Mamlsteen, Conception, Magnitude 9 and many other both active and disbanded acts from the last 3 decades.
One of the key factors for any heavy/power metal bands is to have a powerful vocalist in order to stand out from the masses. Ragenheart has found one. John Koroneos is their man, and he´s pretty darn good at using his voice to support the whole band´s crusade in this tough world in which everyone seems to struggle because the Internet has provided new tools for stealing (enough about that though). There´s something old – and something new (or modern) in Ragenheart´s sound; it all sounds like they have tried to capture something from the early Yngwie Malmsteen albums (a bit of that neo-classical style); then some Rainbow, some Conception - and then put it all through a mill of more modern sounds for achieving the sound that they have managed to wrap around the songs on their self-titled debut album.
My favorite song is probably “Black Gold” due to its mystic atmosphere plus I John provides his best vocal performance in this tune, sounding like one of those classic heavy metal vocalists with really big lungs. Also a song titled “Talos” comes pretty close for winning the title “The Best Song Off The Record” simply for being a catchy and driving tour-de-force of the bands song writing skills to keep things appealing and interesting on their debut.
Ragenheart can definitely be happy about their debut album. Undoubtedly, this Greek metal outfit will catch some more ears among the metal audience in the coming months if they just can live up to the musical standards they set for themselves on this record.