As with all genres of music, what works and what doesn’t is subjective and dependent upon the listener, the receiver. However, to press play and immerse yourself in Ravenscroft’s release The Chase is fairly guaranteed to give any fans of hard rock the heavy yet crisp and melodic hit they’re been searching for, as well as something refreshingly satisfying.
The very first few seconds of the track showcase a thoughtful and striking display of musicianship. You immediately witness the weight without any of the fuzz. The finish on the production is superb, and furthermore – the performances are skillful and incredibly well connected within the walls of the sound. Ralph Buso’s leading voice completes the formula by presenting the perfect fusion of melody and grit. There’s no toying with possibilities here, you know what you’re about to go through from the offset, and it really just gets more and more captivating the further along you get.
The track in its entirety has impact. Occasionally there’s an inclination to tentatively lower the volume before diving into some newly recorded metal, but in this case, the quality of the capture is phenomenal – the music screams out for you to maximise the volume and embrace the experience whole heartedly. Plus, there’s so much melody and passion – the sound is welcoming and inclusive, yet not at the cost of emotion and intensity. There’s also a lot about the lyrics that is worthy of your attention, and this distinctly enhances the song’s effect. The whole thing fills you with energy, it makes you live in the moment (which is occasionally difficult these days), and it’s a lasting effect. Ravenscroft are an impressive band whichever way you look at it.