COUNT RAVEN – Mammons War

COUNT RAVEN - Mammons War
  • 8/10
    COUNT RAVEN - Mammons War - 8/10


I Hate Records
Release date: August 31, 2009

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It is as if nothing has really changed in Count Raven’s attitude since they came back to the Metal scene. Since 1996, the year when the Ravens released their fourth album, Messiah Of Confusion, no one has really heard from the Swedish Doom Metal band. However, they did come back around 2003 with their same ironic Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, 70s Traditional Doom-ish Heavy Metal approach. With this manner, they went forward and released their fifth album, Mammons War. This album is no different than their other releases as these people, with their leader the Ozzy-like iron vocalist, Dan “The Fodde”, stayed loyal to their prime influences that made them tick as before.

The coming of Mammons War (“Money War” from Hebrew) breaks a discussion about greed, injustice and unjust behavior. That behavior came straight from the destructive piece of slimy paper that, unfortunately, we cannot live without – Money. Count Raven, with all the desperation and solitude that their music creates, were the perfect group to raise those hard issues.

The music on display, as before, is slow, depthy with a vintage look and is rather simple to stomach (not that you will suffer from it of course). It seems that complexity, especially with these guys, wasn’t on their leading agenda and when thinking about it, wasn’t needed. The one thing that made their music lively a bit was the use of keyboards to enhance the mood and the aching emotive solos. More than less, Count Raven made a good job for a comeback album and they even offered stuff to think about while wandering through their lyrics.

Mammons War brought the listener, beyond thoughts, rather enjoyable tunes (even if some of them last 10 minutes plus). The coming journey is back to the older albums of Black Sabbath like Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master Of Reality, Sabotage and the rest of the 70s classics. Their magical resemblance to Sabbath (more on the riffage section which is good both electric and acoustic), both vocally and musically, created interest on tracks such as “A Life Time”, “To Kill A Child”, “The Poltergeist”, “Scream”, “Increasing Deserts”, “The Entity”, and the crafty “Seven Days”.

However, with the interest there are those tracks that are just plain boredom. Track as the electronic like “Mammons War”, that was supposed to be the top headline of this one. It looks as if Count Raven made a sort of a version of the famous “Planet Caravan”, well it did not work. Moreover, on the stretched tunes, nevertheless motivating, they have their share of “too long” effects and seem stuck. Another track that wasn’t inserted into the hit line was “Nashira”, which turned out okay only because they still present good high altitude moments and total Sabbath riffs that will remind some of the classics. Nevertheless, as good reminders as they are, it still is too much of a copy mix between Ozzy’s project of his mid 90s release and old Sabbath. So where did the originality go?

With these few faults, you, the listeners, do not have to worry. Count Raven knows how to treat their fans and Mammons War is a great welcome back party for true Doom lovers.


  • Lior Stein

    Lior was a reviewer, DJ and host for our Thrash Metal segment called Terror Zone, based out of Haifa, Israel. He attributes his love of Metal to his father, who got him into bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow, Boston, and Queen. When he was in junior high he got his first Iron Maiden CD, The Number Of The Beast. That's how he started his own collection of albums. Also, he's the guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Thrash Metal band Switchblade. Most of his musical influences come from Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Overkill, and Annihilator.

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