Label: Pito Release Date: Out Now Link: www.raytheband.com In one of his explanations of what course Foals will take next, Yannis Philippakis said that they are looking for ways of breaking boundaries, and that surf rock would be the best way. If only he had said that at the start of the decade, then he might have been on to something. For some time now a craze amongst musicians has been to take the echoey, sliding sound of a surf rock guitar and blow it out of proportion by giving a colossal stadium rock sound. Ray are one of the latest to ride that wave with their new album, Death In Fiction. Ray visit the many sections of this sub genre that so many bands have done in the past. They follow the footsteps that Kings of Leon took in Because Of The Times, in the opening song, 'Five Times Cursed'. It has a real rush to it, an improvised journey of some sort. The album turns a bit David Gilmore-esque when it reaches 'Roulette Sun'. Ray perform on this track very much in the way that Gilmore communicates with his guitar. The greatest way in which the artists have treated this album is how they have structured it. There is a classic arrangement to the album, as each song has a peak that helps contribute to the closing track on the album. When you hear 'Cut Out', you feel certain it's that song that Ray have been working towards throughout the record. It also sounds like an amendment to so many climactic songs that have gone horribly wrong; if The Feeling's 'Join With Us' didn't sound so cheesy and god-awful, they probably could have turned out something like 'Cut Out'. Let's not spend this whole review comparing Ray's achievements to those of others though. There is a concept behind this album, which seems to be about embracing the fictional side of life with chaotic effects. It certainly works.