RAMPART - WAR BEHEST
Metal To Infinity
are from Sofia, Bulgaria and it was their former album “Voice Of The
Wilderness” which gave me a spark inside. Name of the game during the entire
album could be described as Classic Heavy Metal music with original vocals by
Maria D.S. who was surrounded by a bunch of good players who brought me their
talented skills in a proper way. What do you when you hear a good Metal album?
Right, you start longing for a follow up and lucky bastard I am – Rampart’s
brand new project “War Behest” has been released through France label Infernö
Records a few days ago.
an email interview, front lady Maria D.S. told me the new album has a lot to
offer to the Heavy Metal community. Based on the lyrics Maria said the following
conceptual piece of music consists of 10 compositions and presents an
anti-utopia of War as clash of interest. This is a story about the restrictions
of man and the decisions”. There is a new guitar player added to the Rampart
ranks named Vili Neshev. Also in charge as main songwriter and man behind the
compositions. Listening to “War Behest”, he must be more than just a welcome
present for the band. All because of the fact this concept effort is a real good
work, production not to polished, just great and cover artist Dimitar Nikolov
(well know for beautiful artworks for Keep It True Festival, Ross The Boss,
Sentinel Beast, Nasty Tendency, Wishdoom and plenty of more).
Behest” delivers ten songs started with the prologue ‘Thunder Realm’ and
shut down with the epilogue ‘March On To Victory’ – everything in between
to experience is quite a lot to me. Authentic True Heavy Metal music reign
supreme, you can’t escape from the True Metal forces of Rampart… nothing but
songs that stick to your soul. Seekers and hunters of old school steel
definitely have to order Rampart’s new effort “War Behest”… and that is
not an exaggerated fact. Perhaps less fast songs than their predecessor had to
offer but listen full of attention, I have to admit that the band radiates more
maturity. The song structures are better worked out, also here and there the
guitar tactics differ a bit from the older songs. The guitars on the new album
have a harder (as a told before), more mature sound and feels really good to me.
And yeah, the one who still know how to demand my attention is singer Maria D.S.
Besides her comparisons with Kai Hanssen (as I’ve mention in my review for
“Voices Of The Wilderness”), here on the new album “War Behest” also the
great Jutta Weinhold (ex-Velvet Viper & Zed Yago) crosses my mind and
that’s a big compliment for sure! Call it original/unique or very rare… this
way voices can’t do anything wrong, at least in my opinion!
I go on with the mentioning of a few recommended songs? Well, first you gotta
take a good listen to ‘Army Of The Perfect’ and its hard hitting, guitar
driving skills… harder than steel! More tempo to enjoy during ‘Ghost Of
Freedom’, ‘Road To The unknown’ fully loaded with roaring riffs and leads.
My favourite one without a doubt is the second to last track entitled ‘Give
Nothing Back’! Great piece which give me an Helstar feel, the combination of
both guitars and vocals steal my attention. Everything to do with US Metal music
deserves my complete appreciation so thanks to Rampart for the making of such a
brilliant song. US Metal Still Reign Supreme!
I satisfied with “War Behest” from Bulgarian Rampart? Well, you better
firmly believe I am. Their sound might be a bit different, harder and more
mature than before but most important fact is that the spirit of authentic Epic Heavy
Metal is still present which keep my satisfaction up high!. Order at: http://www.inferno-records.net/
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My Points: 90 / 100 (Review by Stefan)