CSR1002 Raw
Produced by Sahaj
Released on October 24, 2006
no chart information
Find it at GEMM
CSR1002 cover
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R a, ra, raw, right? The band’s third album is a live show from The Machine Shop Concert Lounge in Flint, Michigan. Just the sort of place you’d find satan’s cheerleaders lounging, I suppose. Ra has been described as “progressive metal,” which for me is like seeing the words “bacon cheese.” (Hot dog, bacon cheese dog, rock band, progressive metal band, you see how these things can happen.) But I wouldn’t describe them that way. They’re more of a “metalodic” band like Galactic Cowboys or King’s X. What separates them from the bajillion (okay, so I haven’t actually counted) other bands making contemporary metal music are the middle eastern twists in Sahaj Ticotin’s vocals (think of John Sloman in a much heavier setting, which should help all of the two people who have actually heard Uriah Heep’s Conquest) and the use of patterns as interesting foils in songs like “The Only One” and “Fallen Angels.” Actually, when I first heard “Fallen Angels” I thought: “Man, the band has a synthesizer player. That’s is sooo cool.” Only they didn’t, and by the third or fourth song it wasn’t. Bands like Tad, Galactic Cowboys and Motocaster pushed my buttons better, but those bands aren’t around anymore because they didn’t get enough support. The same thing could happen to Ra and that would be wrong. Their live shows will certainly help build the cult, the live discs a little less (using the F word at a metal show is like lighting a match on Mercury). If you love melodic metal and haven’t heard the band, don’t be afraid: Ra rocks. But you might want to start at the beginning with From One; as the closing track shows, their harmonies really come alive in the studio.

CSR1002 back sleeve
CSR1002 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. FALLEN ANGELS
  2. RECTIFIER
  3. ONLY
  4. VIOLATION
  5. SUPERMAN
  6. I LOST EVERYTHING TODAY
  7. TELL ME
  8. SKY
  9. THE ONLY ONE
  10. DO YOU CALL MY NAME
  11. SKORN
  12. DON'T TURN AWAY (STUDIO VERSION)    (Sahaj/Bob Marlette)

CREDITS

BEN CARROLL -- guitar
P.J. FARLEY -- bass
ANDY RYAN -- drums
SAHAJ TICOTIN -- vocals, guitar, engineer & mixing (12)
Stephen Pellitier -- engineer
Jason Cosaro -- engineer (12)
Andy Johns -- mixing
Krystal Bakkila and the fans -- photo credits
Chris Kabisch -- art direction and design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 24, 2006 Cement Shoes CD CSR1002  

 

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