Reviewed: July, 2021
Released: 2021, Sleaszy Rider Records.
Reviewer: Cristóbal Torres
Rampart is a Bulgarian band born in 2006. In their 16-year history they have released five albums, the most recent being WWII: MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE, released in early July. This work marks the return of the band after a five-year absence, when they presented CODEX METALUM in 2016.
This new work is a mosaic of styles. Staying in the first two or three songs would be an injustice because the compositions are very changeable throughout the album. They start with a very trivial riff like on “June 22nd”, but then move on to highly experimental passages that are very close to improvised jazz as in “Napalm Stars”.
Even though the band presents itself under the banner of Heavy Metal, the truth is that Rampart offers many contrasts in WWII: MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE. At times the songs release flashes of greatness, as in “Luftraum”, where we hear very interesting riffs despite the fact that their first verses are very monotonous.
The album goes from less to more, because right in the middle we find one of the best songs of the entire work: “Stormtalkers”, this one has an intro that captures from the first second and does not diminish its effectiveness. This tells us that, despite being on the scene for 15 years, Rampart still has a very high ceiling. They could better amalgamate their resources and get more effective pieces without so many ups and downs at the compositional level.