RAMP - Thoughts (Rasthilo) 1991/2016
Ramp is a Portuguese heavy metal band who were formed as a thrash/speed metal band in 1989. "Thoughts" was originally released as a 6-song EP. The sound here is akin to the speed metal of Agent Steel, Toxik and Realm. Mostly clean, but aggressive vocals, heavy chugging riffs, mostly up-beat and fast-paced songs. However, the band isn't afraid to go into slower, more moodier terrain as well. A song like "The Last Child" is a dark moody "ballad" that recalls the darkness of songs like "Last Rose of Summer" or perhaps "Beyond the Realms of Death".
The 16-page booklet in this 2016 re-issue contains photos of the band from the time period, lyrics and a biography written in Portuguese. It's nice to finally have this forgotten gem re-released on CD.