Ramp - _Intersection_
(Uniao Lisboa Edicoes, 1995)
by: Gino Filicetti (5 out of 10)
This Portugese quintet aren't newcomers to the scene. Ramp has been in existence since 1989, but a multitude of unlucky setbacks has keep this band in the shadows since that time. The only other Ramp release that has seen the light of day was the _Thoughts Was Released_ EP which came out through Polygram. However, the band was never satisfied with the unfriendly and commercial feel of the label, so they decided to part ways and join up with a young upstart Portugese label, Uniao Lisboa Edicoes. The result: _Intersection_, an album that has all the power and musicianship any band could hope for, but one that came just a little too late to matter. On _Intersection_, Ramp seem hopelessly buried in the early 90's thrash sound. The vocals on this release are clean but lack that certain touch that would make them memorable. The music is superbly executed and the various guitar solos are top notch. But like I said, this album already sounds dated, and I think Ramp should look forward to the future and use their talents to pursue greener pastures.

(article published 9/6/1996)


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