As a huge fan of these guys I could not wait for this album to come out. Their first full length album Crisis In Utopia was by far one of the single greatest metal albums of all time. It was fresh, it was young, and it was kick ass. Those are big words, but check it out and you’ll agree. Ride the Void is an honest evolution of the Holy Grail sound found on the first album with a bit more fire under the intense riffage, amazing vocal melodies, tight rhythm, and all around well produced kick ass sound. Like the first album, any track on this effort could be a potential single and a potential metal party starter.
Seriously, metal is always going through flux. Modern metal has a weird footing in music and is constantly changing and sometimes eating itself in a continuous cycle. Ride the Void is a refreshing escape from a new band that has toured their asses off, made their presence known slowly but surely, and put on awesome live shows. They have made what is at the end of the day a great METAL album in its purest form. However, it is new with a great sense of the old. You can hear a lot of classic metal influence in the playing but you can also hear how these guys turned to each other and said; “Let’s make some magic.” The track arrangement on the album works extremely well, you never get bored with a song either. As a matter of fact just when one ends you are disappointed that there isn’t more to it. These guys have the chops and ambition to be up there with the all time greats and I am looking forward to seeing them on tour again and for their next album already.
Now, I am not going to go into a track by track review because that’s just pointless. I want you to go out there and buy this album immediately. Shell out your hard earned money for some fresh faces that deserve it. You will be blown away by the playing on this album (Eli, Alex, Blake, Tyler, and Luna all step it up big time. Luna has one of the best voices in music right now.) You’ll be blown away by the songwriting. You’ll be blowing your speakers out of your car because this is a great driving album. And you’ll be blown away by the fact that these guys are just beginning their careers. Go out and get it.