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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naim Edge
  • ASIN: B004OZCMT4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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"..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)

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I bought this after seeing the awesome video for The King Is Dead and haven't stopped playing it since. Only a short album but well worth the money as every track really good. Have since seen them live and they are absolutely brilliant. A band to follow and not to be overlooked. Top banana.
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Without doubt a band to watch, enjoy and consume you with their drive and stage prescence. This album will be continually on my playlist. I've interviewed and photographed the band and they are like a breath of fresh, visceral air in a sea of banal pop musac. Destined for bigger and greater things, I urge you to go see this band asap. The reaction and response they get at gigs at nigh on legendary. Wil Ray takes crowd surfing to another level whilst delivering intelligent, thought provoking lyrics fused with the bands melodic, buzzsaw, crunching, anthemic sounds that are the trademark of Max Raptor. They WILL have you out of your seat and punching the air. 100% guaranteed best band for me for years and getting the music industry buzzing.
A pleasure to know these guys and endlessly play PORTRAITS..enjoy :)
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I've seen this band 3 times live, each time sort of by accident (one time support act, twice at a festival) and enjoyed them on all 3 occaisions, finding their energy, noise and anthemic style irresistable, so I bought their album for Christmas and haven't stopped listing to it since.

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.
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An absolutely massive album. Short and to the point. Political but not preachy.
Get yourself a bloody copy right now.
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I bought this as a present and the person who I gave it to thinks the band are great. She is on the look out to see when they are playing in our area next.
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Oh my GOD! I only heard of this band as a consequence of them supporting the Darkness on their reunion warm-up tour. I checked them out on MySpace, liked what I heard, and decided we HAD to be at the gig on time to hear them. They blew me away, and I bought the album right after the gig. And it's spectacular. What immediately struck me is how well crafted all the songs are. The production brings out every element of the band beautifully, and the lyrics are poetic and muscular, delivered with style and emotion where many bands just come across as coarse and overstated. For me, this is a flawless effort brimming with the energy and determination you have to hope British bands still have. Max Raptor do not disappoint. Buy the album. See them live. You won't be disappointed!
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First saw mention of these fine fellows on the BBC Derby website, where they were given a good write up. Listened to samplers on Amazon and then purchased the CD. What can I say about this album? You will not be disappointed with it every track is superb, yet all of them are different in several ways. Give your ears atreat buy it today.
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