Raum Kingdom – Self-Titled EP (2015)

Though I’m not entirely sure why this EP wasn’t in my shortlist as promised earlier, I’m not going to make a big fuss over it and will simply review it here. Oddly enough though, this is much different than the material on the split with Raum Kingdom and loses a lot of the Tool influence to what seems like a tribal sort of post hardcore. There are still some clean vocals in places and the melodies are still notable, with the extremely real sentiment of spoken word number “Cross Reference” (3:22) but it really does seem to be the act at their earliest, as they still try to get their footing. Compared to the split I reviewed earlier, this self-titled EP is much heavier, but it isn’t nearly quite as good. This may have been where they started, but it’s good to see that they’re evolving from here. I can’t say I’d recommend it though, unless you’re one of those people who just has to hear the early shit that a band made before they became famous.

(5 Tracks, 29:00)

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