Mother’s Ruin (Naim Edge Records)
THERE’S no doubt that Max Raptor deliver an exciting mix of punchy punk anthems and social awareness which should appeal beyond the Kerrang set.
Mother’s Ruin is their official debut and is a step up from the introductory mini album Portraits which was released two years ago.
Opening track Back of a Barrel Wave kicks off the album with a bang and there’s no let up through to England Breathes, the stand out offering and current single which has something to say beneath the visceral musical attack.
It’s the perfect calling card for the album, a fine example of Max Raptor’s modern punk sounds as well as their grasp of contemporary issues.
The song wades headlong into the immigration debate and manages to find a distinctive voice.
“It’s a positive track,” says frontman Wil Ray. “We wrote it as a stand up to fascism song and against the kind of generational racism that’s still prevalent. I think if people are looking back, still retaining those archaic views, it doesn’t help anyone.
Meanwhile, Heavy Hearts shows a deftness that might surprise some fans.
It’s the ‘surprise’ ballad that suggests Max Raptor have several more musical avenues to explore as they continue to develop as a band.
Wil says: “I think the fact that there’s a slower song in there to break it up a bit shows we aren’t just about the fast punk stuff.
“I think people know we are not just writing for writing’s sake and that we have some good ideas in there.”
Wil’s throaty vocals are at the heart of Max Raptor’s attention-grabbing songs and the new line up seems to add a little extra something to the texture of the power-driven tunes.
Punk, metal, hardcore, indie – Max Raptor’s style happily pulls from a variety of genres.
That might give the band a wider appeal than some contemporaries and if they can add a few choice support slots to a list that already includes dates with The Stranglers, Mew Model Army and The Darkness, then we can expect them to make some headway in the latter part of the year.
If you want to see the band close to home, then catch them on Thursday, October 17, when they take over the Radar Love night at The Venue in Abbey Street, Derby.
There is transport being planned to take fans from Barton and Burton to Derby.
Go to www.maxraptor.co.uk for more details and to buy tickets.