Storm Warning by Count Raven is yet another classic doom metal album - released in 1990, it was the debut of the band which was originally called Stormwarning! The band's sound has quite a lot in common with Black Sabbath but the Swedes do have their own style, it's just that is tricky to describe.
Despite the sludginess and heavy yet slow pace of the doom metal the band play, they tend to put forward rather confrontational lyrics - least not in my favourite song of the album which is In The Name of Rock and Roll where the band take a snipe at glam metal and the artists that play it with lyrics questioning the sexuality of the people that take part in glam metal amongst other things! Perhaps it is only right to show a little anger as someone rightly mentioned on youtube - that as Swedes this band were subject to witness Europe more than most!
The production is nothing spectacular and the music is quite basic but really really effective and this bareboned breed of doom metal is unfortunately something that is hard to come by these days! The confrontational lyrics sang in what seems to be a rather dramatic way, is also another factor to add when considering giving this a listen!
1. "Intro - Count Raven" - 03:08
2. "Inam Naudemina" - 05:52
3. "True Revelation" - 08:56
4. "In the Name of Rock 'n' Roll" - 04:25
5. "Sometimes a Great Nation" -06:06
6. "Within the Garden of Mirrors" - 06:59
7. "A Devastating Age" - 08:40
8. "How Can It Be" - 06:22
9. "Social Warfare" - 07:19
Count Raven are the deservedly overlooked band of doom metal's second wave, firstly for arriving too late to make any kind of impact on the eighties scene, and more importantly due to their essential lack of any original traits, apart from an unhealthy preoccupation with keyboards in later releases. The main problem with their debut 'Storm Warning' is just how boring it all is - doom metal is slow and ponderous by its nature, the antithesis of fast metal genres, but here there's little in the way of an emotive or atmospheric justification for the speed, leaving every song sounding overlong and over-repetitive.
Christian Lindersson's vocals are in the style of Ozzy Osbourne, and are just as irritating, but lacking the odd charisma. Songs such as 'Inam Naudemina' and 'Within the Garden of Mirrors' are acceptable in their more commercial, potentially catchy appeal, but others, 'True Revelation' in particular, are some of the most tedious metal songs I've ever heard, genuinely irritating me as the plodding narrative fails to go anywhere and outstays its welcome by six minutes (the song is eight minutes long). There are some interesting touches, most notably the violin in 'Social Warfare,' but unlike the instrument's application in the work of My Dying Bride, it brings little resonance and feels tagged on for the sake of diversity.
1. Intro - Count Raven
2. Inam Naudemina
3. True Revelation
4. In the Name of Rock 'n' Roll
5. Sometimes a Great Nation
6. Within the Garden of Mirrors
7. A Devastating Age
8. How Can It Be
9. Social Warfare