|There can be few better ways to mark the 20th anniversary of your band than releasing the finest record of your career. In RAM‘s instance, this comes in the form of The Throne Within, the Swedish quintet upping their game across the board to deliver a record with deep roots in classic heavy metal but wielding an energy and freshness to it that places it very much in the now. “It is unmistakable RAM, there are fast songs, heavy songs, mid-tempo and slower tempos as well. There’s melody and there’s grit. The arrangements are recognizable but some may be unorthodox,”states founding guitarist Harry Granroth.
“This is a monumental album for us, and I am certain for our fans. We have worked very hard to bring our sound, songwriting and playing to the next level without leaving our Black Path of Heavy Metal Tyranny,” says vocalist Oscar Carlquist.
Unlike 2017’s stunning Rod, there is no concept unifying the lyrics, each song speaking for itself, and coming from dark places. Vocally, Oscar Carlquist delivers every line with his signature style, pushing himself to give the best possible performance – with Alan Averill of Primordial also appearing on “Ravnfell”.
RAM tour dates
w/ Vulture, Indian Nightmare
Sept. 13 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
Sept. 14 – Andernach, Germany – Ironhammer Festival *no Vulture, Indian Nightmare
Sept. 15 – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion Complex
Sept. 17 – Krakow, Poland – Klub Zascianek
Sept. 18 – Wien, Austria – Escape
Sept. 19 – Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse
Sept. 20 – Rovallasca, Italy – Dedolor Music HQ
Sept. 21 – Winterthur, Switzerland – Gaswerk
Sept. 22 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage
Sept. 23 – Kassel, Germany – Goldgrube
Sept. 24 – Bielefeld, Germany – Movie
Sept. 25 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
Sept. 26 – Hannover, Germany – Cafe Glocksee
Sept. 27 – Oldenburg, Germany – Cadillac
Sept. 28 – Aalborg, Denmark – Rock & Metal