Rhode Island Rockers, Raven King, have embraced the glory of distortion while bringing back the golden age of Grunge throughout their latest self-titled album release. The first track, “Carnival”, is steeped in melancholy and yearning as an angst-filled tale of self-destruction is explored candidly and lyrically traversed through. “Drool” is the second track that creates a realm of harmony as the band begins to establish an exploration of fluctuating moods that the album wanders through as they allow themselves to lyrically vent about what is stalling their personal progression. The third track, “Drifting”, begins with smooth guitar-work that leads into a blast of monotone musings and a bundle of utter anguish that works and clicks in the minds of listeners going through a difficult time.
“Diminished” is the fourth track in which Raven King sweeps the floors of their mind and collects the dust to lyrically shove down the throat of members of society who live a life of facade. “Within Reach” is the sixth track which mimics the likings of an Audioslave opening instrumental that swiftly leads into a mood that lulls listeners into diving deeper within themselves to see their inner picture clearly. The seventh track, “Skins”, begins with a haunting and well-produced clanking of chains that creates the aura of destruction as the guys trudge along their feelings of ill-will and sink deeper into an abysmal black hole. “Full” is the eighth track that kicks off with dry wit and a strange and unexpected element of optimism that creates a broader picture and portrayal of the human experience. The ninth track, “Lost Token”, is an album highlight that begins with a good ol’ dose of Rock and Roll that marches boldly through anything in their way and twists and turns through blistering riffs that add the right amount of extra oomph. Closing out with “Armilla”, the guys create another well-produced piece as the dripping of water brings about the feelings of sorrow which align with the dispirited lyrical spill.
If you’re a fan of drinking cheap beer while rocking out to fellow bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Audioslave, Faith No More, Nirvana and Alice In Chains, then Raven King is a band that you want to add to your playlist in 2018. Keep an eye out for any new releases and show your support for the Rhode Island rockers on Soundcloud.
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