“Rise Up Clan“, the album which will be released on September 1st, 2023 is a milestone first for Swedish melodic death metal band RAVEN BANNER, this album was produced by Alexander Backlund (Soen, In Mourning, October Tide) at Fascination Street Studios, where world renowned producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, SEPULTURA, KREATOR) handles mixing and mastering. The end result is an album filled with Viking warriors and bloodthirsty gods ready to conquer the hearts of metal lovers everywhere.
Commenting on the album’s upcoming release, RAVEN BANNER shared their excitement, stating, “It’s been a long journey, but we’re so excited to have you join us on this journey! “Rise Up Clan” is a non-stop album that takes listeners on a journey an epic journey through our Scandinavian heritage region.”
Taking inspiration from a vast mythological tapestry, RAVEN BANNER‘s music combines ferocious melodies, strong rhythms, and captivating story compositions combined with Gustaf‘s powerful and thunderous vocals, also in every song on the album “Rise Up Clan” it tells a story of courage and challenges that metal fans around the world love.
The album “Rise Up Clan” can be considered a melodic death metal album that is quite complete by having several songs that are fast, powerful with extraordinary melodies such as the songs “Rise Up Clan“, “Thor’s Anthem“, “GutBound” and the second single “Raven’s Call” with Gustaf’s heavy, powerful and thunderous vocal character and song telling that takes on a Viking theme full of courage and a spirit of challenge are packaged into one to form songs that are able to raise the mood of the listeners to the highest peak.
Although some of the songs on this album have a tempo that is not fast for typical death metal music, they have a typical melodic rhythm of death metal, such as in the songs “Never Yield“, “Sound The Horns“, “Hordes Of Vikings” and “Twilight Of The Gods” still able to raise adrenaline with a fairly dynamic song flow so it won’t be boring, and for the last mentioned is a song that feels quite epic and magnificent.
Complementing the variety on this album, one of the songs which is their first single “Beware The Fury” is one that incorporates a bit of light heavy metal rhythm elements and the beautiful melodies in the solo section make this song feel lighter.
Overall, as a debut album, RAVEN BANNER is quite capable of presenting a quality and complete melodic death metal music. Carrying an epic theme through Scandinavian heritage, they seek to raise the flag of metal in the nine worlds, inviting all viking warriors to join their clan. And for you AMON AMARTH fans, I recommend the RAVEN BANNER to join the ranks of the viking warriors with the maestro.
Hannes – Drums
Gustaf – Vocals, bass
Benny – Guitars
01 Rise Up Clan
02 Never Yield
03 Sound The Horns
04 Beware The Fury
05 No Hero’s Death
06 Thor’s Anthem
07 Hordes Of Vikings
09 Raven’s Call
10 Twilight of the Gods