Ravenscroft – Rebel

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Reviewed: May 2018
Released: 2018, independent
Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Kieron Hayes


Do you find yourself craving the post-grunge rock stylings of the early 2000s? If so, then Ravenscroft have got you covered.

Plenty of bands these days are theming themselves around some kind of throwback to music styles of the past, be it serious or parodic, 60s, 70s, 80s, whatever. Ravenscroft seem to have a more modern era than I would have expected, sounding closest to the grunge-influenced hard rock we got in the 2000s from the likes of Saliva, Drowning Pool or Brand New Sin.

At times it can sway into some other directions, and Rebel certainly packs in a decent bit of variety for a 6 track release, while still sounding pretty consistent. “Jaded” has more of an older, sleaze rock approach, “Stand Up” and “Denomination” stray more towards nu rock, calling to mind the likes of Flaw or Disturbed with its down-tuned guitars, brooding undertones and just a dash of bounce to it. The solo work and riffs being firmly at the forefront keep it well-rooted in hard rock though. “My Dearest One” sounds like a country ballad, and unfortunately brings up too many images of someone in a cowboy hat strumming an acoustic guitar for me to take it seriously.

Your enjoyment of this will honestly just depend on your personal tolerance for this sort of post-grunge/nu hard rock approach. If you hated it then, you’ll probably hate it now. If, like me, you enjoyed it just over a decade back, this is catchy enough and might even give you a bit of a mild nostalgic kick.



  1. Denomination
  2. The Chase
  3. Stand Up
  4. My Dearest One
  5. Jaded
  6. Rebel

Band line-up:

Ralph Buso – Vocals
Pat Magrath – Drums
Brett Octane – Guitar
Devin Baker – Bass