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Denmark’s Raunchy returns with the sextet’s third release, the aggressive, keyboard-heavy 10-track offering DEATH POP ROMANCE. And if you thought that these guys were cloning Soilwork and In Flames before, well get set for a lot more of that, with chunks of Children of Bodom and the lighter moments of Strapping Young Lad strewn in for good measure. Humungous drums, killer riffs, and a slew of technical programming is what these metal mavens deliver, from the hooky electronic feel of “Live the Myth” to the contagious death march with an absolutely killer breakdown “Remembrance”. While the melodic metal tag seems to be a maligned moniker to place on a band these days, it’s quite possibly the best way to describe DEATH POP ROMANCE’s innate yet crushing hybrid charm.
- Mike SOS