Pretty good Progressive Death Metal,albeit a little forgettable especially in an almost endless sea of up and coming metal bands demanding attention,upping their game on their next release is a must.
Favorite track: Age of the Locust.
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Rannoch's debut album, "Between Two Worlds" is also available as a limited edition hard copy CD+DVD digipak, printed in a high quality satin matt finish. The DVD features over 2 hours of content including exclusive interviews and behind the scenes, the complete Bloodstock 2011 performance and hidden "easter eggs".
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Sometimes an album drops through the letterbox, and you expect it to be a decent debut effort. Sometimes you are pleasantly surprised. However, this is not one of those times. For "pleasantly surprised" would be an injustice. Rannoch have, with "Between Two Worlds", dipped their toe into a bigger world, displaying a level of craftsmanship and polish that is usually the preserve of the big boys. Well, they have marched straight up to them, and crashed their party. Surely, debuts aren't supposed to be this good? This professional? Are they? Well, once in a while, it seems they are. These guys can play, but even with their take on progressive, modern, aggressive metal, they put the song first, and don't fall into the trap of firing off technical riff after technical riff just to show off to the boys at guitar college. The feel of the music is always paramount, and rightly takes the centre stage. There is plenty of variety on show here, from delicate acoustic moments, to soaring guitar solos. A top quality British album!
4.5 out of 5
While West Midlands progressive metallers, Rannoch, have kept a low profile since their first EP in 2008, you can hardly fault them for biding their time, as their debut album proper is a seriously impressive piece of work that can hold it's own against man of the genre's leading lights. Meticulously tight and with eight string guitars in tow, Rannoch cast their net far and wide, melding chugging Meshuggah-isms and tech-death acrobatics with moments of solemn introspection more reminiscent of Ihsahn and Opeth. Granted, things sometimes teeter on the edge of pomposity (witness the hammy William Blake poetry recital on "The Forgotten"), but for the most part, "Between Two Worlds" is a definite triumph.
7.5 out of 10
West Midlands quartet RANNOCH offer a refreshing take on the progressive death metal subgenre with focused extremity, fastidious technical precision & rich songwriting skills. Swathes of ethereal clean vocals & acoustic guitars accompany sledgehammer brutality & savagely intense screams, echoing a sombre selection of lyrical influences from Lynch to Danielewski.
Following rave reviews for past releases ‘Rorschach’ & ‘Talamh Mathair’ (in publications such as Terrorizer & Metal Hammer) and a blistering set at the UK’s Bloodstock Open Air festival, RANNOCH now tender the next stage in their repertoire with ‘Between Two Worlds’. Proudly making use of the full tonal range in their twin 8 string guitar attack, thundering live drums & muscular bass, this self-engineered full length album features mixing & mastering from Stymphalian Production's James Stephenson (Fallen Fate, Rezinwolf, Arcite).
Conceived as a ‘virtual vinyl’, ‘Between Two Worlds’ is presented with an A/B side approach to its arrangement of tracks and is available from November 27th 2013 as a digital release through British alternative label Eulogy Media (talanas, Dãm, Beth Ryan).
released November 28, 2013
"Between Two Worlds" was recorded throughout 2012 and 2013 at the Rannoch studios.
Originating from the West Midlands, Rannoch offer a refreshing take on the progressive death metal subgenre with focused
extremity, fastidious technical precision, and rich songwriting skills. Swathes of ethereal clean vocals, dark ambience and dynamic shifts accompany sledgehammer brutality & savagely intense screams....more