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Rise To Remain - Soaring high,
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This review is from: City Of Vultures (Audio CD)
After (controversially) gaining much attention due to the vocalist being the son of legendary front man Bruce Dickinson it has become a trend to bash this bands efforts, putting all their achievements down to the vocalist being "Born with a silver spoon in his mouth".
It should have become apparent after the stellar EP "Bridges Will Burn" That RTR were indeed talented, but if the naysayers need any more proof then "City Of Vultures" should show that RTR are something very special.
It is impossible to not comment heavily on Austin Dickinson, he brings a startling vocal range to RTR, with opener "The Serpent" he shows Oli Sykes style rasps and grunts one second, before moving on to a soaring, pitch perfect chorus. One could go a step further and say that this opener perfectly sums Austin up vocally, one minute he can have gutturals to match Parkway Drive, the next, melodic singing that could challenge any auto-tuned pop singer. And for those curious, there is indeed a twang of Bruce audible in Austin's more harmonious moments.
The other members of RTR more than deliver, this record is full of ripping solos, frantic and complex drum beats, and SHOCK a metal band with an actually audible bassist! For those tired of repetitive metalcore bands (yes, I would class RTR as metalcore) who simply rely on chugging and breakdowns will find a refreshing and satisfying album.
Production wise this album is very well done, all instruments receive their attention, no instrument overshadows and bleeds over the others (A trend in a lot of metal albums recently) resulting in an album with a balanced sound. I feel like I am actually listening to a performing band, rather than a bunch of pieced together lines and samples, a big accomplishment for sure.
"City Of Vultures" Really is a fantastic release, one which has caused me to become an even greater fan of these guys.
Very excited to see what comes next.