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Max Raptor's debut mini-album 'Portraits' is exactly that: micro-sketches of society, framing scraps of the world around them, painting with ambition, arrogance, anger, disillusion, greed, joy, futility, violence and pride. From alcohol abuse to domestic violence, from maddening jealousy to plain ineffectuality, 'Portraits' illustrates humanity's divergent weaknesses. Max Raptor, in their mid-20s, admit the nu-metal era was a gateway to the essential alternative listening they treasure today; including the classic punk of The Clash and The Buzzcocks, new-wave of The Jam, pop-edge of Manic Street Preachers, post-stadium riffage of The Foo Fighters, not to mention the raw extremities and energy of contemporaries such as Zico Chain, Cancer Bats and The Ghost Of A Thousand. Poroduced by Dan Weller (of Young Guns, Enter Shikari and Gallows production fame) 'Portraits' is rammed full of short, sharp and snappy portrayals of modern existence. The King Is Dead, Beasts, Carolina and The Alarm chronicle a plethora of dysfunctions with a colour of inevitability, whilst Obey The Whips underscores the decline of our 'empire' with a wry nationalist cry. The unruly mob vocals of Patron Saint (Of Nothing) depict our embarrassing obsession with celebrity culture, the narcissism that it breeds in our youth and the decay it creates when we forget to live our real lives. The convulsive Ghosts is a sobering realisation that (surely) everyone has at least once in their life; 'I am worthless', whilst the infectious anthemia of The Great And The Good reduces totalitarian rhetoric to a clichéd moshpit mantra.
"..heavy slabs of rocking punk that manage to be muscular without being muscle-bound...what's more the sound of this album is alive, not just loud. Add it all up and you'll see a band who are very much one's to watch."
-- Kerrang KKKK
"Merging different influences from The Bronx and The Dillinger Escape Plan to Cancer Bats and The Clash with a shared interest in unanimous disinterest, their no nonsense, angry sound is sure to see the album worthy of the success that will follow the band as they smash it up in 2011."
-- Rock Sound (Faye Lewis)
Top Customer Reviews
A pleasure to know these guys and endlessly play PORTRAITS..enjoy :)
The great energy of their live performances really carries through, and with the volume up its almost like seeing them for the first time again.
Songs to look out for - along with Great and the Good + The King is Dead (which go without saying) - are Obey the Whips, Patron Saint of Nothing, and Carolina. All are catchy and will have you chanting along, and all come with a feeling of a dedicated performance which is sadly a rare commodity these days, and a lot of their tracks (as someone has already mentioned) manage to combine politics without being in the slightest bit preachy.
The only downside for me is that the album isn't longer. At 8 tracks long (the longest of which stands at 3.45), you're cut loose, just as you're dying to hear more. And given that one of my favourite songs from the band's live set (Conversations with Death) wasn't on the album, its not as if they didn't have the material.
Anyway, great album, so much energy, drive and noise it'll blow you away, just wish there was more.
Get yourself a bloody copy right now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a bad song on it. Saw them in London they were amazing, this is probably my favourite album/ep.Published 21 months ago by Joe Lambert
8 brilliant energetic track without any let up, like a British Rise Against, a really promising band for the future- if you still aren't sure whether to buy this- listen to the... Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2012 by Joneski
I bought this album on the strength of hearing one song - which doesn't happen too often as I'm a proper skinflint.
The song in question was The King is Dead ... Read more
This album is far and away album of the year. Although it's only 8 tracks and around 25 minutes long, every song is musical perfection. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2011 by Barack O Barney
I saw these guys twice supporting the Stranglers and was blown away - so I was eagerly anticipating the release of this album and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2011 by stockport_robin