The flute draws my attention and the EP starts nicely with it in The Day of Reckoning, the first song on Ground Zero. Ravenhill comes from Slovakia and Ground Zero is their first release since they became active in 2009 so they are not the most productive band out there.
Productive or not, Ravenhill has put music out in the world and it would be a shame not to listen to it as their folkish symphonic metal has a nice flow. The addition of the flute to the music does miracles if you ask me, it really adds a layer and the flute is not up to the forefront the whole time so it doesn’t get annoying after a while.
Romana’s voice is something I had to get used to I must admit. When I heard her for the first time I wasn’t sure of her sound was my cup of tea but after the EP ended I immediately pressed replay, I guess Ravenhill has managed to create something that works as a whole. The flute, the sometimes harsh vocals from Marian combined with the clear vocals from Romana and the melodies that stick in your head, all bound together make it something that’s actually really pleasant to listen to. My personal favorite is the song Tree of Ravens where Marian also uses clear vocals and the tempo has gone up a bit making it heavy while still being melodic. All in all is Ravenhill a band that I would like to see with a full-length on the market. Till then is Ground Zero available, try it out.
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