Pissing Razors – Pissing Razors S/T Review

Posted: July 15, 2014 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Metal - Studio, Music Reviews

Pissing Razors - Pissing Razors S/T

Pissing Razors – Pissing Razors S/T

1998’s Pissing Razors is the self-titled breakthrough record from the defunct Texan Metal band, Pissing Razors. It was produced by Andy Sneap and released through Noise Records.

Imagine a world where the only albums that were ever released were Pantera’s Vulgar Display Of Power, Machine Head’s Burn My Eyes, Sepultura’s Chaos AD, Fear Factory’s Demanufacture and Prong’s Cleansing. Well, forgive the hyperbole but that is the world from which Pissing Razors seem to have came from. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, you can hear brief hints of Death Metal and Hardcore mixed in there too, but you get the picture.

If you are in the mood for ‘90s-sounding, Groove-laden, crunchy, post-Thrash with staccato double kick patterns, noisy unmelodic guitar solos and gruff barked vocals, then you’ve hit the jackpot. For someone hearing about the supposed genre of Groove Metal but finding it hard to find much of it actually about, here’s something else for you to try… Pissing Razors have the perfect formula in this regard.

Perhaps the most perfect examples of the band’s sound is the furious opener “Dodging Bullets,” the robotic “Permanent” and the punchy fast-paced “Where We Come From” (if you wonder whether or not you should pick up this record, try out those three tracks first. Other highlights include the adventurous “Desperado” which feels fairly progressive despite its very brief duration.

This is arguably the band’s best album. Joe Rodriguez is one of the better singers to have worked with the band, there isn’t too much filler and the material is performed with energy.

I think that maybe the reason Pissing Razors never broke as big as some of the other bands I mentioned (aside from things like luck and marketing) is that the band may have the perfect formula, the work ethic and talent… they are sadly missing a certain indefinable X-Factor that makes them larger than life and extra special. The riffs are great, but they aren’t that magic “wow, I’ve got to learn that riff myself” type of riff. There’s appropriate vocals, but there’s no obvious concert sing-along moments. The songwriting/structure is also often fairly complex which is slightly at odds with brief nature of the songs, and maybe a few less changes would make things flow better overall.

That being said, despite the fact that they aren’t as indefinably magic as some bigger bands, this is still a worthwhile effort (and one of the closest moments in their discography to that magical status). Its consistent and relatively filler-free. Its got a great guitar tone and a solid production. Its got varied, multifaceted tracks with a good amount of fast and slow, simple and complex, savage and restrained etc. …and did I mention the formula is absolutely killer?

I would recommend this album to fans of the aforementioned albums, as well as the ‘90s work of bands like Madball, Sick Of It All and Biohazard, or indeed of modern groovy bands like Devildriver, Sylosis or Lamb Of God.

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