RAW NERVES: Self-titled: LP

Not to be confused with Raw Nerve from Chicago. So note the “s” at the end of “Nerves.” This Portland outfit sounds like a cross between Econochrist with early Dead And Gone, and just a little bit of From Ashes Rise lurking underneath. The guitar sound is thick, the vocals are throaty and raspy, and the drum kit is taking a severe pounding. Every song on here is one massive and dense wall of sound. The one thing that sort of works against them is the amount of time changes in each song. A few straight forward songs thrown in would be pretty good. The amount of time changes makes me think the song has stopped and another has started, then a check of the lyric sheet and I see I’m still listening to the same song. A lot of momentum that gets built up also gets lost. This isn’t a terrible record; it just needs some tightening here and there. “Time to Disintegrate,” “Bread or Lead,” “Slave Trade,” and “Taste of Annihilation” are the stand outs.

 –M.Avrg (Inimical, inimical.com)