"A BULLET CALLED PRIDE"
Length: 40:43 (min:secs)
Razorwire have become somewhat unsung hero’s of the UK metal underground and don’t get half the recognition they deserve, considering all the hard work they have put in since they formed in 1997. This is the blokes from Stoke second full length and follows in their ‘get on with it yourself’ mindset, being released on guitarist Dan Peach’s own record label, which has also been active on the scene since 1999.
As you would expect, the album has a feeling of maturity and is dripping with experience. Across the ten tracks, the vocals are mostly rapped, but at times there is an unmistakably British accent making a stand in the rap, which is great to hear, adds another dimension and really helps to make it their own. There is a sumptuous meld of old and new styles of rock - welcome yet subtle elements of traditional rock, integrated with a fusion of modern rock styles - there are even a few guttural growls and some of the biggest breakdowns that provide huge moshpit potential. The influences sound incredibly wide and include some lovely old school guitar solos that are much lacking these days, the songs generally contain a cool groove to them and there is often a catchy chorus that sticks with you for ages.
The album is full of strong songs including “Dipole”, which initially sounds like Anthrax fiddling with One Minute Silence in a perverse bouncy spontaneity, with a kind of Downset funky hardcore sound and RATM attitude. Wow, what a mongrel and what a splendid guitar solo thrown in there amongst the moshing. “Hooked” has an awesome groove and infectious bubbling bass line throughout, and great interaction with the drums. There’s a cool mid-song breakdown, into a thick sludgy riff and this one song manages to contain all of what could be considered as the bands trademark elements. Title track “A Bullet Called Pride” is almost Crawfinger-esque in the main riff and “D-Fens” has a sort of bad-ass downtuned attitude and tips it’s hat toward a more traditional metal style with a strong almost Saxon style riff towards the end and classic ‘metal’ guitar solo.
If you haven’t come across Razorwire before now, then you
have genuinely been missing out. This is a top quality album full of
seriously classic songs, pulling from many rock sub-genres and utilising a
depth of experience and simply blows away any cobwebs from the
social-political rapcore arena - Awesome and highly recommended.
(5th October, 2005)
Line-up: Vocals and Guitar: CHRIS MINNEY - Guitar and Shouts: DAN PEACH - Bass: ANDY PANCHERI - Drums and B.Vocals: CHARLIE COOPER