DEAF RAT – Ban The Light

DEAF RAT - Ban The Light
  • 7/10
    DEAF RAT - Ban The Light - 7/10


AFM Records
Release date: November 1, 2019

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Sweden’s Deaf Rat describe their sound as broad, dirty, and dark with strong melodies and massive guitar riffs “that fills up the cracks in the aging concrete between Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses and Pantera.” They’ve sought to translate the pyro heavy energy of their live show to their first full length album.

The band achieved their goal in the first half. “Fallen Angels” and “Ban The Light” deliver fearless riffing and confident vocals. The riff-heavy dark textures, driving tempos, and melodically rich choruses combine to hook at multiple angles. “Hail The End Of Days” and “Save Me From Myself” are vocal driven. The melodic lyrics are delivered cleanly with range, power and well-placed backing vocals to carry the songs with great effect. All of the aforementioned songs contain sufficient quality guitar passages to maintain momentum and energy.

Unfortunately, the remainder of the songs are musically underdeveloped. A reliance on place holding riffs leaves listeners disengaged between lyric passages. The ballad “Bad Blood” illustrates this effect. It’s a gentle cello and acoustic guitar number wherein neither plays anything melodically interesting. Zakk Wylde might color outside the lines with excessive pinch harmonics, but these tunes beg for it. Is there a guitar in the house? Bueller? Bueller?

Despite the shortcomings, Ban The Light is front-loaded with outstanding tunes. The vocalist is strong and delivers great melody. They write hook-heavy lyrics and memorable choruses. Their challenge is to match their melodic panache with equally inspired musicianship.


TRACKLIST (Highlights: 1, 2, 4, 5)

  1. Fallen Angels
  2. Hail The End Of Days
  3. Tying You Down
  4. Save Me From Myself
  5. Ban The Light
  6. Bad Blood
  7. Make You Suffer
  8. Say You Love Me
  9. Wanted Forever
  10. Welcome To Hell



Frankie Rich (Vocals)
Pat Kramer (Guitars/Vocals)
Max Lander (Guitars/Vocals)
Nic Lester (Bass)
Karl Löfgren (Drums)


  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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