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Strictly Albums Of The Year: City Of Vultures

Released 5th September 2011 on EMI

Chart Performance: Rise To Remain surprised many when City Of Vultures entered the chart at number 83, a very respectable debut indeed.

What The Critics Said: “There’s more than enough quality evident in this first release to point towards a great future for this young band.” BBC Music

Rise to Remain’s debut long player, City of Vultures, came out in September and this is better than the average metalcore record, and home grown too. Rise to Remain had been touring any and everywhere in the last few years and this growing live pedigree comes through on a record which sounds truly professional.

Fast and angry enough to bump with the genre’s elite, there is also melody with the mostly clean vocals of Austin Dickenson and some pretty slick guitar playing too. The album opens with an ominous ‘Intro’ track before the first song proper and lead single ‘The Serpent’ kicks off and the pace and power keeps on going until the closing bars of the somewhat epic ‘Bridges Will Burn’.

Many people dwell on lead singer Austin’s relationship with famous father Bruce but will just say, I hope Dickenson senior is proud of what his son has achieved. I’m pretty sure he is as Rise to Remain got to open for some of Maiden’s shows in South-East Asia earlier this year. It’s a great start for the next generation of British metal. Adam McCartney

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