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High On Infinity - Count Raven

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Count Raven / Audio CD released 1994-04-28 at Hellhound

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      12.06.2008 23:12
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      Count Raven's third album (1994).

      To their credit, Count Raven were evidently trying desperately to keep each of their albums unique, presumably aware of just how similar they sounded to their influences in the doom metal scene, and 'High On Infinity' is as contrived as it gets. Dan Fondelius still sounds like a low-rent Ozzy Osbourne, but in addition to his high and low singing, he leads the way in three odd spoken word pieces against his keyboard backing, the sinister 'Ode to Rebecca,' 'The Dance' and the lighter and more keyboard-centric 'Cosmos.' If there's an overarching concept connecting these, or indeed the whole album, I must have missed it, but the comparative isolation and varying styles of the more substantial songs would indicate otherwise.

      'Jen' is the usual strong, dirgey intro song, and the band thankfully throws out a couple of more optimistic and energetic songs to prevent listeners getting too bogged down in the doom. 'Children's Holocaust,' despite its title, is positively glowing in contrast to the rest of the material on offer, apart from the even jollier 'High on Infinity' that sounds more like something from Ozzy's early solo albums than Black Sabbath. Less effective is 'An Ordinary Loser,' which would clearly be the token slow, depressive song on the album if every other song didn't plod along at the same pace and spoil the effect.

      1. Jen
      2. Children's Holocaust
      3. In Honour
      4. The Madman From Waco
      5. Masters of All Evil
      6. Ode to Rebecca
      7. High on Infinity (Love Supreme)
      8. An Ordinary Loser
      9. Traitor
      10. The Dance
      11. The Coming
      12. Lost World
      13. Cosmos


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