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The Raven Theory
Turns to Liquid

The Raven Theory are quick to dismiss themselves as ‘meat and veg metal’, but deep down they know they’re better than that.

The acoustic intro to ‘Turns to Liquid’ doesn’t fool anyone. An almost whining vocal and some boring guitar chords simply serve to set the landscape for a heavy pounding from immense guitars and drums. The vocal melts between all-out metal and melodic grunge, but the music doesn’t compromise a bit, more than eclipsing the mournful introduction.

‘Hotel’ then mixes blasted sections with a massive solo and, while it’s still heavy, the vocals are, on the whole, less angsty than in ‘Turns to Liquid’.

This band have rather cleverly mixed some of the elements of the heaviest bands around with the melodies and song-focussed style of altogether more mainstream bands. Imagine the aggression of Slipknot combined with the songs of Soundgarden…

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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