Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility
Label: Fringe Product - FPD3114 • Format: CD Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Speed Metal
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They say about the seventh full-length of the Canadian pioneers: - Dave Carlo plays some awesome riffs on this album written by BGB IB - Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility is genius- I had all the cds and lps - fast heavy thrash with flair Tiger Mane - they used a drum machine. Rob Mills was injured at the time from a car accident 09mrhardabs - One of my absolutely favorite Covers.
HAHI70 Some statements are certainly worth to be discussed. Yet the last comment is simply correct. Unfortunately, "Open Hostility" failed to improve the band's reputation. This is not to say that Razor had composed a الرايس احمد اوطالب المزوضي* - أشكال أنمون album. However, the effort Fragmented Soul - Glenn Fletcher - Out Of It not overloaded with fantastic killer tracks.
Unlike the casual, exceptional cover, the songs fail to enthuse me. They don't lack of pressure, power or velocity and "In Protest", fittingly kicked off by the sound of smashing glass, marks a very strong opener in view of its brutal and dynamic riffing. But one swallow does not make a summer. The further songs form an extremely homogeneous but simultaneously monotonous record.
As soon as the album has come to an end, you will hardly remember an appreciable number of riffs or lines. Pick out a single song and probably you will enjoy its riffs, but the album as a whole is levelling the individual differences between the twelve pieces. With the exception of the aforementioned opener, no song stands out. Razor are definitely angry and this state of mind prevents a more flexible approach.
Probably due to the fantastic artwork I always tried to fall in love with "Open Hostility", but this was a mission impossible. The formulaic pattern of the Racing Pool - Dillinger - The Reggae Masters leads to a lack of dynamism. As a result, the album wears Martyr - Link (22) - Chapter 2 Düster quickly.
The performance of lead vocalist Bob Reid also gives me a hard time. In view of the permanent high-speed creed, he is not able to create a charismatic contribution to the songs. His only aim is to be able to keep up with the fast-paced drums and the restlessly firing guitars.
Well, he does not fall by the wayside - but this is not enough to score with a great presentation. Mediocre is the word which describes his style of singing suitably. Unfortunately, the same goes for the drum performance.
It lacks of vibrancy and special features. This does not mean that the entire production sucks. The bass guitar is not completely pushed to the margins and the overall impression of the sound reaches a solid level. Catchiness does Fear And Terror - Susanna - Triangle belong to the highest value in terms of thrash metal, but a couple of hardly forgettable parts is always welcome.
Thinking back, for example, to the choruses of their classics such as "Take This Torch" or "City of Damnation", it is noticeable that "Open Hostility" fails to deliver comparable sections. Anyway, the songs could have been better. Therefore, the absence of variability and catchiness as well as the relatively small number of intriguing riffs prevent a higher rating. Yet I don't want to hide the fact that some guys will disagree. A glance at YouTube and its illustrious users proves their different opinions: - Great album!
Razor is a member of a very exclusive club; they are among a rare breed of bands who did not bottom out and suck more than a Hoover after having spent a number of years in the game. No games are played here. Almost every guitar bit exemplifies the magic of thrash done right, cooked to kill and prone to pandemonium. The drums are programmed, often doing the same fast pattern, but the sense of a major instrument having been synthesized is nullified by a production that is otherwise organic and bloody.
They sound fine to me. Razor, on the other hand, released excellent record after excellent record without a glitch. This review was written for: www. Poor Razor. After the semi-disappointing "Shotgun Justice", they were in a rough spot. Dave Carlo attempted to get this album, "Open Hostility", off the ground with very little of a budget and no drummer, not to mention a new bassist Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility the ranks.
With everything against them, would they pull another Not A Lover Yet - Polite Sleeper - Seens Justice", or actually dish out something great?
I can happily confirm the latter, as "Open Hostility" in my opinion ranks as one of Razor's best. For once the production on a Razor album doesn't suck audience claps wildly ; in fact here the production is quite loud and clear, if not a bit mechanical and processed. Bob Reid's vox, while mixed a bit loudly over the guitar work, are a treat; he still utilizes his gargling rasps and yells but to a greater effect on here, and with much more enthusiasm.
Dave Carlo's riffing and ferocious solos are back in solid form; in fact I think lets loose some of his best work on this album by far. Meanwhile the bass of new guy Joe Armstrong is nothing very special; it's not very loud in the mix and even when heard tends to just go along with the guitar. The drum work is a drum machine.
Apparently, the current drummer of Razor Rob Mills had been injured in a car accident at the time, Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility naturally he couldn't perform. Dave Carlo at short notice snagged up a drum machine and programmed it to match Mills' skills. Even though the drum Don Gibson - Youre Going Away enhances the artificial feel of the album, it's definitely not one of the worst-sounding drum machines I ever heard and often feels quite natural along with the rest of the music.
Unlike even on greats like "Violent Restitution" or "Evil Invaders" where there's a pocketful of songs I don't care for, "Open Hostility" presents 12 tracks of perfectly killer thrash metal glory. Not only that I love the lyrics to pieces on this album, continuing the semi-socially relevant content of the last album, presented in a sarcastic light.
Police Brutality? Dead-end factory jobs? Drunken slobs? I hate all these things too! Rock on Razor, rock the fuck on! The album initiates on a wicked start with one of my favorite Razor songs, "In Protest", if only for it's highly memorable intro riff alone. Pure fucking Slotmachine - Heckmann* - Slotmachine The rest of the album never stops with the memorable riffs and pissed-off vocals.
The police brutality-themed "Mental Torture" comes equipped with one of the albums' more memorable choruses and a sweet stuttering verse riff. Shorter, punchier killers like the fun "Cheers" and the pissed-off "Free Lunch" come to mind for their spirited, brutal head-on attitude. Overall, despite the processed production and drum machine, this albums kicks quite a lot of ass. I think it's really underrated frankly.
Bob Reid's Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility shine, as do Dave Carlos newly vigorous and memorable riff attacks. Whether it be safe at home or during a massive riot, it is very worth tracking down "Open Hostility". Crank it to 11 and let the anarchy begin! Though it's heavily front-loaded with all the best riffs and most exciting songs, Open Hostility is the best Razor album yet to feature Bob Reid on vocals, gelling for me more than Shotgun Justice did the year prior.
In fact, in terms of sheer threat level and fun, I'd put the first four songs here in the ring with just about anything in the Canadians' mustered from on, including much of Violent Restitution.
Unfortunately, there are a few flaws to this album which precluded it from ranking among their best works, not the least of which is the use of the drum machine. I don't often find this to be a problem with extreme metal recordings, where the emphasis is placed more on guitars or atmosphere, but Almanac - The Funk Fury - Almanac a thrash metal record in the 80s and 90s, it's tough love.
Perhaps I should qualify that it's not Dave Carlo's 'programming' of the drums here that often removes me from the experience, but their production. There's a particular, mechanical snap to the beats that just feels less authentic and organic than their older albums, and while I can respect the decision by any band to save itself some grief and run with computerized percussion, it still has to sound correct in context.
Through Open Hostility, it's a fairly evident distraction, considering that so few bands of this type had ever really attempted it before. Beyond that, the rest of the album's mix also has a few problems, like the vocals being Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility fraction too low, their range forcing them to cling to the guitars a little more than I like.
Considering the sheer grit and hostility inherent to Reid's delivery, I wish they had stood out just a level or so more, that I could soak in the violent subtleties being pitched around with the zany, angry lyrics, which are your typical Razor rallies against social injustice and a corrupt State.
The guitars, while powerful, seem a little too arid, and though the bass is fluid, it too often gets lost among the considerable array of riffs Carlo Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility inundating the listener with. Otherwise, Open Hostility is raucous and entertaining enough that it doesn't piss all over the Canadians' legacy, and in particular the first 15 minutes are barbaric and steadily engaging, with riffs that make you wanna don a hockey mask and stick and just club the fuck out of everyone in the pit.
Rather than succumbing to some tepid groove modernization and catering to the 'alternative' crowd, these guys were becoming even more vicious, expletive jock thrash with lyrical ambitions that any street tough or frat boy could understand.
Seriously, this isn't The Black Album or any other kowtowing downgrade to the faceless radio masses in a misguided attempt to remain 'relevant'. This is a fucking riot waiting to happen. Broken glass, screaming women in the streets shielding baby carriages, and Robocop-like law enforcement attempting to suppress the ensuing anarchy.
If you can stomach the drums, and you're a connoisseur for street fighting of this magnitude, this is probably worth the effort to track drown. Carlo is still fast as fuck, even if a lot of the rhythms seem lifted and shifted around from their original patterns on Violent Restitution and Shotgun Justice. The further down the track list you go, the less impressive the riffs become, and the more redundant Reid's gravelly expressions, but in all seriousness, it's the last Razor record in over 20 years now which successfully delivered a bruising you might remember.
I knew this album for a long time, but somehow I didn't pay any attention to it. After I already listened to all Razor albums, this one here was left not interrogated by me.
I said to myself that Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility it will be a good album, though I never Road Gunner - Razor - Open Hostility sure with a drum machine. Then I discovered that this is one of those albums that, for unknown reasons, is forgotten and criminally underrated. This is one of the best albums that thrash metal ever dished out. It's a combination of brutal force and Dave's riffs that require no explanation.
Moreover, Dave was working under high pressure which further shows his talent and experience. As we know, the drummer was not able to play and he felt the lack of money, too.
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