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Ram
Sudden Impact (EP)
September 2005
Released: 2005, Black Path/Sound Pollution
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Harry Ram formed in Gothenburg, Sweden, during 1999. The bio a lot of explanations of the band's name, unfortunately the music doesn't have as many different aspects as the name.



I turned on the album before I had read any information on what kind of music this is. My first impression of the music was that this is traditional English 80’s heavy metal, similar to Judas Priest—almost too close, sometimes.



Oscar sounds amazingly like Rob Halford; and Harry/Daniel does the same twin guitar play as Tipton/Downing. I think that it’s really hazardous if you like a band so much that you sound just like them. Why not simply be a cover or a tribute band, and call yourself Just As Priest or something corny like that?



Ram debuted with a 7 track EP, 5 of the songs are written by Harry/Daniel and Oscar, and the sixth contains the full band’s involvement. They have also included a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Disturbing the Priest.” The EP clocks in at 35 minutes.



All of the guys are skilled musicians and great songwriters (if you like Judas Priest), but they could do so much better.



The production sounds too retro, in my opinion—even the production sounds like Judas Priest, and that’s just too much for me to handle.



If you look away from the fact that this is a Judas Priest clone, I think these guys do quite a good job, and as musicians, they are excellent. I strongly suggest they go their own way, create their own sound and don’t glance so much at JP…I’m sure that they could be something big on the future.
Track Listing

Sudden impact
Judgement and punishment
Machine invaders
Blessed to be cursed
Infuriator
Black path
Disturbing the priest (cover)

Lineup

Leif Larsson – bass
Harry Granroth – guitar
Oscar Carlquist – lead vocals
Morgan Pettersson – drums
Daniel Johansson – guitar

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