Released: 2005, Black Path Metal Recordings
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
There´s never enough good Heavy Metal bands around these days that can do their thing decently in a convincing way yet without sounding too retro, or just being there because something has became an ´in´ thing. This fivesome from Gothenburg, Sweden, which goes under the name RAM, has a relatively good grip on things when it comes to a traditional, somewhat Priest-flavoured Heavy Metal. The band has already recorded one EP (SUDDEN IMPACT) in 2003 and gained a solid reputation amongst the Heavy Metal loving audience, so at least the fans of the band did already know what to expect from the band´s debut full-length album, titled FORCED ENTRY, when it was released two years later after the EP, in 2005.
FORCED ENTRY continues RAM´s Heavy Metal crusade basically from the same metallic warpath where they left off on their EP 4 years ago already. The band´s Heavy Metal is irresistably catchy, to-the-point and it does have a strong tendency to make you addicted to it. The ´80s vibe has been wrapped up all over RAM´s unselfish metal compositions, reeking of this ´old school metal´ from all of its holes. Take f.e.x a song called “Sudden Impact” off the album, and join me to scream together as RAM´s vocalist Oscar is the man to do his high-pitched vocals at least as well as Mr. ´Metal God´ himself does in Priest. You also need to check out the title track, “Forced Entry”, in which Oscar comes as close to sound David Wayne (R.I.P.) of Metal Church as it can be possible. Man, he´s really good. Also, the sound of bass and guitars is pleasingly powerful; not over-produced or overly clinical, but sharp and heavy exactly the way they should come across in the good´n´straight 80´s Heavy Metal.
I find very little to complain about FORCED ENTRY probably because this type of Heavy Metal has always appealed to me personally. The album reminds me of many of these fine ´80s metal bands (Priest, Metal Church, Liege Lord and so on), so therefore RAM is very welcomed with open arms by me. RAM is good for what it is: Straight, no-compromise and honest ´80s Heavy Metal at its purest and most shameless formula, and I bet surely making its intrusion to many of our Heavy Metal fans´ home stereos already… ;o)