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Pissing Razors - Eulogy Death March

Pissing Razors
Eulogy Death March
by Huw Eggington at 09 May 2022, 11:03 AM

Southern rock with a dash of hardcore the perfect soundtrack to fast times and loose nights. If you like your metal whiskey soaked and breathing fire you probably don’t need to look much further than seventh full length and first release in 18 years “Eulogy Death March” from PISSING RAZORS hitting a somewhat bizarre mix of something between something like HATEBREED and ORANGE GOBLIN via a healthy dose of SLAYER and PANTERA one thing is clear, this is a band who are slaves to the almighty riff.

And not just any riffs, these riffs are big, beefy, sleazy and face crushing. A completely undeniable groove underpinning everything this record is about. This feeling of groove is evident from the opening licks of the very first song “in spite of my scars” it courses through your very soul, making moving to it feel like the most natural thing in the world. It’s loud, it has attitude and there’s just a dash of sleaze that is particularly welcome when blended with overall sound.

Vocally is where this record really stands out  there is such a raw power in every syllable and every phrase, it leaves you hanging on his every word. Full of character and intensity, and a slight unhinged sound to boot, it perfectly suits the instrumentation, think how PHIL ANSELMO just fits with PANTERA and your along the right lines. “Chemical Burn” may be the best example of this on the record, hitting you with ear splitting roar, before launching into the verses with a bouncy rhythm, bringing that slight hardcore feel mentioned earlier. Everything about this song (and by extension the album as a whole)  is designed to get crowds moving.

There are so many influences all over this record and the band and production team do an almighty job of making sure that this doesn’t sound confused and muddled. Each passage, the fast to slow, the pound and crunch to smooth groove, flow perfectly from one moment to the next, there’s aggression and soul fighting for prominence in the mix, neither necessarily coming out on top but certainly neither overshadowing the other, in essence, balanced as it should be.

If there is a criticism to be made one could argue the band could be slightly more adventurous, pushing ideas further could really benefit the overall sound. It’s clear they know what their strengths are and they play to them well, boundaries may not be pushed, these songs may not stand toe to toe with the upper echelons of their corner of heavy metal but it doesn’t make this album less valid. There is obvious passion for what they do and that is to be commended.

Overall this is an excellent effort from the band, you can’t tell they haven’t released a record in nearly 20 years, they sound as fresh as a bunch of 20 year olds cutting their teeth in clubs, kicking the door down rather than just politely knocking to be let in.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. In Spite of My Scars
2. Unsee
3. Chemical Burn
4. Result of Virtue Intro
5. Result of Virtue
6. In the Shadows
7. Eulogy Death March
8. Left for Dead
9. Pulverized
10. Crushing Grip
11. Wasting Away
12. Nothing to Say
13. Sharpened Word
14. Die for the Crown
Lineup:
Joe Rodriguez – Vocals
Matt Lynch – Guitars
Geo Gomez - Bass
Eddy Garcia - Drums
Record Label: Razor Records
     


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Edited 28 September 2022
 

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