Quiet, thoughtful, delicate – all words you wouldn’t use to describe Max Raptor’s new release. This, the bands third full length, is just as raucous and grumpy as the previous two.
The album opens with ‘Keep The Peace’ and from the start, aggressive drums and punk rock riffs kick in. Tuneful is another word you wouldn’t associate with Max Raptor with lead vocalists Wil Ray fluctuating between a football chant and post-hardcore growls throughout each song.
From the start to the album closer ‘Last Words’, this album is nothing but in your face and aggressive. Boisterous in the extreme, listening to the album at times feels as if you’re being serenaded by an angry drunk man on a cold wet Midlands night. This certainly gives it its own unique charm but one that echoes some of the UK’s best punk. Vocally it reflects that of the fast spitting style of Million Dead while musically it brings forward flashes of Drenge and glimpses of The Blackout.
‘Old Romantics’, ‘Big Divide’ and ‘Damage Appreciation’ are obvious highlights from the LP. ‘Damage Appreciation’, especially, is the ear-worm of the album with a danceable bassline and a chanting chorus. This is surely Max Raptor’s most complete sounding material thus far, fitting nicely into the progression of their work by becoming more aggressive but musically more polished than previous outings.
‘Max Raptor’ is out on the 22nd April, via Hassle Records
This Max Raptor article was written by Luke Priestley, a GIGsoup contributor