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Can someone please take the time to review and correct the press releases I receive? The press release for this release says Ranger was formed in 2008, not 1978. That can’t be true. Hailing from Finland, Ranger sounds exactly what you would expect if you scored a box set containing NWOBHM rarities dedicated to the speed metal of the time. Recorded completely in analog, these Helsinki lunatics have created a raw, monstrous collection of material full of great songs and a sound that would make any of us old tape traders proud. Songs like “Without Warning” and “NIght Slasher” blaze, with a sound that is so reminiscent to KILL ‘EM ALL or KILLING IS MY BUSINESS...AND BUSINESS IS GOOD (Being clear, they don’t sound at all like Metallica or Megadeth, but the audio sound does).

PITRIFF RATING - 87/100 - While this will probably get zero traction here in the states because it’s lacking of cliche, trendiness or any sort of modernism, SPEED & VIOLENCE is one of those releases that us old metalheads can find and enjoy thoroughly because it’s such a throwback to the stuff that drew us to metal in the first place. Two big thumbs up here.

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