Holy, cow, this band really is a proof for Wes' thesis that the year 2002 is dedicated to bands that venture at and beyond the frontiers of Metal, because RAM-ZET's mix on their second album "Escape" is far-out. No, not because it is so heavy, but rather because the sound they are producing surely never had been there before.
The Norwegians around mainman Zet combine traditional Metal with some Industrial and Loops, Black Metal, really psychotic vocals by Zet, but also clear male and female vocals and a violin. Which reads pretty wild also sounds like that, but, what had not been really cohesive on "Pure Therapy", it fits together!
One moment a hefty attack with harsh vocals attacks you, then suddenly a classically influenced violin-line caresses your ears, followed by the soft vocals of Sareeta, just to flow into an almost Malmsteen-esque guitar-part and then turn into pure Power Metal. And before any confusion arises, this is not the description of the whole album, no, no, that is one song!
Yes, RAM-ZET attack the ears of the fans in a pretty unorthodox way and should prove to be pretty hardly digestible for some folks, but when you basically are open for a little stranger style-mixes and also invest a little time, then you get a really interesting album with "Escape", which deals with its influences in a pretty extreme way, which really demands respect!
As check-out-tips I'll hand out the first two songs "R.I.P." and "Queen", which both combine the whole RAM-ZET-sound in themselves and give you a really good impression, not least thanks to the very good production.
Equally psychotic and confusing, but also catchy and melodic, a little bizarre, but good!