The Raven Age quickly present their armament and continue to fire in similar fashion. Forgive And Forget sees trad metal collide with modern metal nuance, like Architects graduating from an Iron Maiden boot camp. It’s hardly surprising, given the band’s relative youth and the fact that guitarist George Harris’ dad is Maiden mastermind Steve.
While more experimentation would have been welcome, the album seems to be about redemption, using past lessons to smooth future paths. The shape-shifting War In Heaven is a fine example, singer Matt James roaring about returning from the gates of hell, drums and guitars beating an enervating path from the underworld to what sounds engagingly like final victory.
The Raven Age may be somewhat risk-averse, but in a world where so many are losing their heads entirely, theirs is a resolute and satisfyingly heavy homecoming.
For fans of: Killswitch Engage, Tremonti, Bullet For My Valentine
Blood Omen is released on July 7 via Music For Nations