In today's musical climate, a band's name can be an easy route into working out what they sound like. Even with a name like Max Raptor, nothing can prepare for the joy to be found in second album 'Mother's Ruin'.
'Back of a Barrel Wave' opens the album strongly, a solid slab of riff and chorus underpinned by some ferocious drumming before 'Taming of the Shrewd' offers a cynical view of life, in what has become typical Max Raptor style: intelligent songwriting and lyrics with a sonic backdrop bearing the potential to incite riots.
Where the opening tracks serve as a middle finger in the face of British culture, the arrival of lead single 'England Breathes' sees it become a fist, with a chorus built for the biggest of stages. It's easy to imagine frontman Wil Ray singing, "England breathes as it does, in and out and get over it", with the vocal backing of thousands.
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'Punk is dead'. That was what we were told long ago. 'There hasn't been a decent British punk band to enter the music scene in years' they said. However, times seem to be changing, because Derby based four-piece Max Raptor seem intent on blasting Brit-punk back into the mix with their debut album, Portraits, released on 11th April 2011. It's ambitious, confident and energetic, rock /punk at the same time, full to the brim of sing-along choruses and powerful, chord-based rock music. Successful? That remains to be seen, but first impressions aren't bad at all.
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