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No fillers on Raging Fyah’s second album Destiny

ragingfyah-destiny_01With the excellent single Nah Look Back Jamaican five piece band Raging Fyah took the acclaimed selector and radio personality David Rodigan by storm, and he put the single on his compilation Masterpiece, a double disc showcasing his formative years and what he believes could be the future of reggae.

Raging Fyah’s authentic roots-rocking reggae might well represent the future of reggae, even though their sound builds on traditional roots and the likes of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Third World and Zap Pow. Soulful and mellow with a contemporary flare.

Destiny – which drops on June 17 – is a captivating album with mostly conscious and uplifting lyrics about overcoming obstacles and fighting for justice and equality. There is however no raging here.

The melodies and the arrangements are beautiful and it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by a sweet piano ballad like Brave or pulsating non-stop rocking rockers like Barriers and Step Outta Babylon.

Their debut album Judgement Day was released in 2011, but didn’t have the proper distribution. So Destiny comes in a box with the debut included. And what a box it is. Powerful, yet sophisticated, and blazing, but cool. Acquiring this box is a no-brainer if you ask me.

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Cool debut album from Raging Fyah

In mid July singer Ray Darwin dropped his debut album People’s Choice. Almost at the same time his former band Raging Fyah also put out their debut album titled Judgement Day.

Raging Fyah is a six piece outfit that consists of former students at the acclaimed Edna Manley College in Kingston. Their new lead singer Kumar Bent has a voice similar to a more restrained Tarrus Riley and a tone that make him sound a bit like Konshens. And he’s a great singer that clearly fills the shoes of Ray Darwin.

Judgement Day is produced by the band themselves and lists eleven roots rock reggae tunes, often with high quality. The only tunes that don’t measure up are the marijuana tribute Ganja or the too mellow ballad Cyaan Cool.

Highlights include World Crisis with its well-orchestrated harmonies, the uplifting Karma and the skanking R.A.S (I&I) with a frenetic dub-infused workout in the latter part of the song.

Judgement Day is a promising debut album and I certainly look forward to hear more from these talented musicians in the near future.

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