Antiquus – Ramayana

Released 2005 (Antiquus)

Track List:
01. Empire Rising
02. The Changeling
03. Tanlin Bridge
04. The Battle Of Eylau
Ramayana: An Epic In Six Parts
05. Part I – Ayodha
06. Part II – A Beautiful Stag
07. Part III – The Hunt
08. Part IV – Hanuman
09. Part V – Sri Lanka
10. Part VI – He Who Makes The Universe Scream!

Jesse White – vocals
Jeff Dormer – guitar
Scott Unger – bass and vocals
Andrew Bak – drums

Additional Musicians:
Dave Priban – guitar
Brooke McLean – vocals
Vic Venu – sitar
Marius Cassner – keyboards

Produced by Andrew Bak.

Power metal really isn’t my thing, not because I don’t like the sound of it, but because I don’t know anything about it. Also, with an album like Ramayana, I have trouble getting into the lyrics. Fantasy books, movies and lyrics have never interested me and when it comes to music I prefer the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll staples.

  I have to say that this is an ambitious effort…”Ramayana: An Epic In Six Parts” anyone? The epic is a collection of songs, including the best on the album “Hanuman”, about a princess sending her lover to slay a beast. Although I got stumped when she wanted to touch the stag’s “rising flank, feel his corded neck between her thighs”. The names are all too confusing – hell even the magic bow has a name! – and I had all but lost interest by “Part V”.

  There is no denying that Antiquus have talent as guitar leads are played at every turn. But as I stated earlier, power/prog metal isn’t my cup of tea. I guess I didn’t play enough Dungeons & Dragons in my day to appreciate an album like Ramayana. I’m guessing that this album would be appreciated by fans of this genre, or by people that dress-up like Hobbits and stand in line for the latest Lord Of The Rings movie. But I’m not one of those people, and honestly I can’t picture fans of this website enjoying Ramayana.

Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, May 2005.

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