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High As Hell - Razor Blade Dream

High As Hell
Razor Blade Dream
by Craig Rider at 01 January 2021, 3:27 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: HIGH AS HELL; hailing from Australian grounds - performing Stoner/Heavy/Groove on their debut album entitled: "Razorblade Dream" (released November 12, 2020).

Since formation in 2016; the trio in question have only this here debut album in their discography so far entitled: "Razorblade Dream". 8 tracks ranging at around 46:52, HIGH AS HELL arranges an intricately designed formula on some heavy-hitting Stoner/Heavy/Groove Metal amalgamations.

Opening up with this haunting chapel of unholy static with some spectral eeriness, "House Of The Holy" blasts that melancholy away into a blistering barrage frenzy on gnarly distortion and contorted crunchiness. Elementing a concretely gritty fabrication on some flamboyantly loud extremities on primitively raw maelstrom momentum, and a boisterously bouncy calamity on these rompy laceration manifestations that nails it into a amplified adrenaline while thundering with trailblazing & skyrocketing firepower expertise. "Big River" is a long belter, catchy grooves and bruising guitars consisted from frontman Dave Fezza (also on vocals) who rivets with chunky chugs while triggering with punchy tightness with these weighty rampancy levels that revel with these surging thuds that showcase sturdy synergies on solid foundations and a borderline panache on punchline melodies that will rattle skulls with impactful haste.

Dave's vocals excels a clean but deep spellbind on raspy throatiness, yelling with these pipes that shout while roaring those deadly gutturals which showcases rough stability. "Dying On Lonely Street" unleashes this doomy but stoner merger, slow tones utilize this unique vehemence of sulphurous remedy. Striking this meticulous substance of organic pursuits that stomp with steely precision from hammering drummer Chris Fittkau, where rambunctious piledriving attributes a battering vibrancy on snappy nimbleness. While this mellow distinction demonstrates a drony landscape on outrè persistence, while slaying with persevering complexities.

Advancing towards the titular track, dynamic dexterities distils a chiselling harmony on these fluidly heavy rift patterns; while thumpy bass audibilities from Tony Calleja rumbles with volatile reverberation & quintessential virtuosities that pound with pummelling stomps while bulldozing blitzing flickers especially in the rapid steamroller "Powerwolf" which is a furiously vicious yet monstrously meaty belter in speedy technicality while portraying this progressively robust significance.

"Death By Choice" forges a hybrid experimentation on profusely salubrious noise that  mesmerises you with hypnotic hymns until this tempestuous yet monolithic tempo speeds things up before breaking all the stops as it did begin, a driving…full-throttle fretwork bleeds into eardrums like a crushing crescendo of raging pandemonium & ruthless uproar with plorde you to want to break chairs over other chairs in an aggressive tendency tenfold while the penultimate track “Snakebite” is a chewy instrumental of  sonically relentlessly seamlessness that ominously injects an infectiously venomous slab of pulverising mayhem that will bludgeon and break necks with this utmost healthy dose on some concretely gritty songwriting musicianship density in which revolves around an integral parallel on marvellous skills that result with ambitiously adventurous plods & this thrilling but distinguished boundary on rich yet potent immersivity.

Overall concluding “Razor Blade Dream” with the finale epic “Night Demons” which shockwaves you with this conceptual but cryptic bombardment in a 10 minute exercise in mountainous yet robotic jingles, and an otherworldly presence that feels like something within this razor-sharp spectrum on an apocalyptic intrude that just marvels with great interest until unearthing this majestic materialization on some electronic grips that breakdown into a varied supplement on uniquely versatile ramifications that will surprise you wildly.

Bottom line; I am compelled to say that HIGH AS HELL most certainly delivered an outstanding performance that for a debut, is rather quite intriguing. A discovery full of snarl, fun and big riffs that surprise you with intense clarity. Influenced from the old school days of Metal titans BLACK SABBATH & METALLICA with their hefty abundance on traditionally rad yet wicked thrash qualities, doom-laden heaviness & grungy grinds – this record promises a bunch of replay value as well as enjoyably entertaining credentials that will motivate you in no time. Worth a few spins, as well as a slot to be in your everlasting collection of Metal mad greatness - check it out.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. House of the Holy
2. Big River
3. Dying on Lonely Street
4. Razorblade Dream
5. Powerwolf
6. Death by Choice
7. Snake Bite
8. Night Demons
Tony Calleja - Bass
Chris Fittkau - Drums
Dave Fazza - Vocals/Guitars
Record Label: Independent


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