Rafferty Rules - "Outburst"
Self-Financed underground release
I didn't know what to expect
when I firstly put this CD to play. Feels like a familiar feeling, doesn't
We have 3 songs to deal with over here, from a good band, hailing from a town with very good bands like Atavism (now that's a review I still have to put on! Damn!). Namely, "Nobody and Nothing", the self-titled song of this CD and "Living Silence". I think that I enjoyed the second one most of all, even though, "Nobody..." is a good surprise for a starter!
The following words would be
good enough to show what elements their music contains:
Rafferty Rules combine aggressiveness
with melody and calm vocals, but only in a very few parts, which, I would
consider as positive, since they do not give us an overdose of them, neither
with any other element in their music... The only thing that I didn't
like that much, could be the excessive iteration of a few lyrics, in the
beginning of "Nobody and Nothing". However, that is not really
that important, I believe...
The production is very satisfying, for the Greek underground standards, I believe. Not a perfect one OF COURSE, but definitely not a bad one! Balance in the mixing andeasily distinguished instruments!
One of the very very good underground releases of Greece and the worldwide underground death/hardcore scene, I would say, especially if it is a debut demo release!!! If I was asked to give it a characterisation, perhaps that could be "Hard core containing death vocals and quite many metal elements".
Just some background information, for those interested, Rafferty Rules exist since the age of 1996 and they play together for 2 years, with today's line-up. They are looking for a contract with a label, which I believe that they will be able to obtain much easier from some other bands...
Well done and I hope that they will have a great continuance, for they deserve it!!!
Dimitris "Slatan" Petrakis
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