Released: 2015, Self-released
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Rannoch is a melodic / progressive metal band from West Midlands in the UK. They get their name from a secluded wilderness located in Scotland.
They are unique sounding with a lot of technical prowess and strong vocals. The album has plenty of tempo changes, thundering drums, screaming guitar playing with riffs all over the place, and even some keyboard mixed in. The drum work goes from quick double bass, to more intricate playing, and the guitar playing gets heavy where needed, and lightens up in places. The keyboards add depth to their sound, and the vocals, most are harsh, with clean vocals added in where needed. "Age of the Locust" kicks things off with a devastating display of aggression that assaults the listener with carnage and ferocity. It’s the perfect opener to this album, showcasing the band at their best. The E.P. just gets better as you listen to the rest of the tracks and draws you into the swirling morass.
The music is just awesome and makes an impact on the listener. You get the whole deal here; the fast, heavy riffs, and the slow melodies that grab you and take you on a trip inside your soul. This makes you really look forward to the new album that they are working on and keeps their name out there.
Reviewed by: Rick Ecker