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Razzmattazz - Hallelujah

by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 09 March 2019, 7:01 AM

The earlier age of Hard/Glam Metal started back in the 70’s, playing a form of heavy music with some nasty elements from Rock ‘n’ Roll and Punk with catchy melodies and choruses that no one can forget (even hating the band and the song). And in those days between the end of the 70’s and beginning of the 80’s are the musical references for the German quartet RAZZMATTAZZ unleash a rush of energy called “Hallelujah”, their latest work. It’s the same formula that anyone knows: a mix between the rough and nasty energy of AC/DC with those catchy melodies that names as ZZTOP, but with a heavy insight of Classic Rock in many moments. Yes, this particular formula on Hard Rock isn’t new at all, but it always works in the hands of those who understand this genre deeply. And these four crazy guys know for sure!

Maybe the production of “Hallelujah” is the key for such energetic and catchy form of music. It’s clean and modern, but bearing some instrumental tunes that are pointing to a kind of recording that seems like a rehearsal, with the musical instruments plugged on the most simple and organic form possible. And the art of the album is great as well, a fine and provocative pic, indeed. If you want to enjoy a good time listening to a fun music without worrying about if it’s true or false (like some childish Metal fans usually do), “Hallelujah” was made for you. The nasty and melodic atmosphere of “A Gun for Hire” (very good and simple guitar riffs), the easy catchy harmonic structures of “Crazy for Rock And Roll” (a pure rush of energy, with great chorus, vocals and backing vocals), “Lawbreaker” with its smashing work from bass guitar and drums, the teasing fun offered on “Hallelujah” (once more, great guitars) and on “Payment Day” are the best moments of the album.

Yes, this album is really a very good experience for the ears, so hear what RAZZMATTAZZ is about.

Originality: 8
Songwriting: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. A Gun for Hire
2. Crazy for Rock And Roll
3. Backdoor Man
4. Lawbreaker
5. Cold Rain
6. Hallelujah
7. Going Down
8. Drive-By Shooter
9. Payment Day
10. As Loud as You Can
Tom Schaupp - Vocals, Guitars
Wolle Heieck - Guitars
Peter Ucik (PU) - Bass
Ulf S. Gokeler - Drums
Record Label: 7Hard Records


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