Dutch band Razor Crusade - featuring
ex-members of old school hardcore crew Reaching
Forward - who have soon made a name for themselves on the European
underground circuit and together with Reflections Records released
these six short and strong songs on this EP, which aims to chart slightly
different waters to their past projects.
With a sound that is predominantly hardcore but with a metal tinge, they offer very little chance to relax; this is full on, grabbing you by the scruff of the neck and shaking profusely. It’s driven very much by flat out and extreme, screaming, murderous vocals - there are just the odd spells where it calms down to an anxious chat - that seldom deviate from the intense shouting. It does take a bit of getting used to but soon you realise that they encourage the songs to run riot on this short EP, however over the course of a full album more variety would be needed. “Team Therapy” and “There Is No Us” show more of the metalcore side, where “Fountainhead”, “World Premier” and “Reeperbahn Version” have the power of modern hardcore in a Paint The Town Red kind of way, mixed with the traditional elements in a Sick Of It All style.
Although, in reality there is little new to be found on this EP, don’t let that discourage you from wanting to listen to it because this is really high quality modern hardcore. It manages to capture the power, the passion and the anger all into a slick and polished performance that’s delivered on a bed of vehemence. Also, it has to be mentioned that the EP is presented in some of the best packaging to be seen for a long time; a great gatefold CD sleeve that looks superb, giving a nice feeling of quality and value for money. Just how can you go wrong…?
- Rigsby (16th