The whole thing kicks off with pounding drums, provided by Peter Reisner, and Ben Wittington’s satisfying guitar riffing on Keep The Peace. Wil Ray’s heavily accented vocals – at least to non-English ears – range from semi-spoken word to punkish chanting, and are delivered in a manner that accentuates the guttural
energy of the band, while Matt Stevenson’s bass guitar reinforces everything. And so the template is set for Max Raptor. Single, Old Romantics, shows that Max Raptor aren’t above imbuing their music with a pop sensibility, although it maintains a loud and angry approach. The band only occasionally missteps, as with Torch Led’s unnecessary false ending and the slightly overlong Concrete, although the latter otherwise shows that Max Raptor know what they are doing with the strong instrumentation layered to good effect.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 4th May 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.