Flight Of The Raven Review

artist: Winnebago Deal date: 12/06/2006 category: compact discs
Winnebago Deal: Flight Of The Raven
Release Date: Jul 13, 2006
Label: Fierce Panda
Genres: Rock
Number Of Tracks: 15
There's no denying that this is a good album. Catchy, yet heavy as songs, aggression, energy, guest vocal appearance from Nick Oliveiri.
 Sound: 7
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 7
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overall: 7.3
Flight Of The Raven Reviewed by: feesk8ordie, on december 06, 2006
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Sound: With Jack White neglecting the White Stripes to focus on The Raconteurs, and the untimely demise of Death From Above 1979, it would seem that two-piece bands really aren't the way to go, at the moment. If this is true, somebody forgot to tell Ben Perrier and Ben Thomas AKA Winnebago Deal. To be honest though, they wouldn't give a f--k. Armed only with a beaten old Les Paul, a big Marshall amp, a drum kit (that's had the living sh! t beaten out of it) some ancient Motorhead and Black Flag t-shirts, and a lot of punk-rock fury, the Deal are about as far from fancy and fashionable as a hobo with syphallis. Still, what sort of punk-rock band would they be if they wore Prada coats and drove around in stretch limos? So they've got the right image to be a heavy-as-f--k rock band who play scathing, raw punk songs at dangerous volume levels. Probably just as well then, because this is exactly what they do. They demonstrated this very well on their particularly brilliant full length debut "Dead Gone". Well, "Flight Of the Raven" continues in much the same vein. The howling, screaming vocals, furious guitar riffs and relentless, pounding drums are as evident as ever. And listening to the album for the first time, you somehow realise you're less likely to hear an acoustic ballad on the album, than you are to see Mastodon hire Cliff Richard as a supporting voacalist. But in the same way that nothing's been lost from the sound of the first album, not a whole lot has been gained either. From the instant you hear the intro riff on "With Friends Like These" until the last moments of the feedback-heavy "Going Home" no matter how brilliant and powerful every single song may be, you can't help but feel like you've heard it all before on "Dead Gone" For some, this may not be a problem, but for others, the lack of experimentation may be frustrating. // 7

Lyrics: Like you may expect, Ben Perrier is sticking to familiar territory on the lyrics front. OK, so you're not exactly going to hear epic stories with twists and turns, but then again, if you wanted that, you probably should have bought an Opeth album instead. Songs about drinking, (Flight Of the Raven) fighting, (You Let Me Down) death, (Reeper) and mutants (Not Human) are in abundance, which is probably just as well really. Nothing, other than lines like "I wanna hurt you" and "So f--king sick, so full of pain" would suit the sheer energy and brutality of the racket that this band make. // 8

Overall Impression: There's no denying that this is a good album. Catchy, yet heavy as f--k songs, aggression, energy, guest vocal appearance from Nick Oliveiri. It ticks all the right boxes that a punk-rock album should. However, there is not a lot on here that you won't have already heard on any other of the band's releases. It is that factor, and that alone, that prevents this from being a great album in it's own right, rather than just a good one. // 7

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