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Razorrock - Electric City

Razorrock
Electric City
by MarcusTheRocker at 19 July 2015, 10:24 PM

It’s not all that often that I get to review something from a Swiss band. In fact, you could say that it’s a rarity, as I don’t think I’ve really heard that many releases from acts based in Switzerland. Don’t really know why, and nor does it really matter, as today that changes with the band featured in this review who are from Switzerland and there name is RAZORROCK

Formed in 2005 in Locarno in Switzerland, the band originally started out as a three piece with just two electric guitars, vocals and a bass guitar before getting a drummer five years later in 2010 meaning they could play their first show. A year later in 2011, the first release, a 9-track demo entitled “Roll, Hard and Heavy” was released. A few years later and a couple of member changes later, the band was ready to release their debut studio album onto the world.

The subject of this review is said debut album which is entitled “Electric City” and I’m here to see if this a good or bad release from a band who are from a country I don’t really get to hear that much of when it comes to music

The album, which clocks in at around 39 minutes long across 11 songs, is the first full length debut from a band who formed only 10 years ago but didn’t get a drummer until 5 years ago, so was the long wait worth it for a release that should impress? Well, the answer is both a yes and a no, as there are both good and bad things about it, so let’s look at both the positives and the negatives.

First, let’s look at what good there is in the music. For starters, the sound of the melodies is nice and clear for the most part, meaning that you get to enjoy the heavy riffs and solos from the shredding guitars, and the pounding beats from the rhythm section, with plenty of clarity while appreciating the work that went into the mixing and the production, which considering it was done by the band themselves, it does sound quite good for what it is so no complaints there.

Now to look at the negatives, but don’t worry, they’re only small but they’re still plenty to raise some concern. The vocals are my main concern, and although I do appreciate the effort the bands singer put into his vocal performance, which yes you can hear throughout the album, and he does have plenty of punch and oomph in his performance, but there are a few moments when the performance could have been a little bit better, as sometimes it’s a bit hard to make out the words, as sometimes the vocals get lost underneath the guitars making it hard to hear what he is actually singing sometimes.

So what do I think of this album as a whole? Well apart from the negatives mentioned above, for the most part this is not a bad debut album, as there are moments when you do appreciate the work that went into it, and you can appreciate them as a result but there are a couple of moments here and there, where you wish that maybe things could have been done a bit better but overall, I didn’t mind this album as a whole and I wouldn’t object to listening to it again until it grew on me as I do appreciate it for what it is so I’ll give RAZORROCK a fair score.

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. March of the Rebels
2. Electric City
3. Never Look Back
4. Doctor $
5. Red Bearded Man
6. First Train to Hell
7. Silent & Deep
8. Rock ‘n’ Roll Will Never Die!
9. Fallin’ Down
10. Razorrock
11. Another Day (Or the End of the World)
Lineup:
Elia “Vecio” Gamboni - Vocals
Fabio “Fireman” Goldhorn - Guitars
Demis “Eddy” Wydler - Lead Guitars
Nicola “Brother” Goldhorn - Bass
Mattia “Speed” Togni - Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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