Pissing Razors – Cast Down The Plague Review

Posted: July 17, 2014 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Metal - Studio, Music Reviews

Pissing Razors - Cast Down The Plague

Pissing Razors – Cast Down The Plague

Cast Down The Plague is the third full-length studio by the underrated Texan Groove Metal band Pissing Razors, it was released in 1999 on Noise Records. It was their second album to be produced by Andy Sneap and their final album with guitarist Matt Lynch in the fold, which is kind of a shame because this record has some of the best riffs in the band’s whole discography.

The album continues the musical direction set out by its self-titled predecessor; with brief, punchy, direct ‘90s Metal songs barked angrily by Joe Rodriguez and augmented by the occasional Fear Factory style kickdrums (“Mistake No.1”) and frequent Pantera style grooves (“Sympathy”). There are also plenty of noisy guitar solos, d-beats and Thrashy moments to keep the pace up when required. The band’s drummer Eddie Garcia is a really great talent, and his flashy technical playing is a particular highlight.

This album, along with the self-titled, is probably the best material that the band released. The band found their sound and really perfected it towards the end of the 90s. They have a focus and a singularity of purpose and it comes across well here. The band are at their most driven, acerbic and energetic here. They blast perfectly in synch through difficult changes and lock perfectly into tight grooves.

For an example of the band at their best, try out a song like the complex “Reality Of War” (with a fantastic ending!) or the slower “Understand.” The opening duo of “Mass Corruption” and “Truth In Disguise” are particularly vital sounding.

I’d recommend this album to fans of bands like Pantera, Fear Factory, Sepultura and Prong. If you’re already a fan of the band, don’t miss out on Cast Down The Plague!

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