New Zealand’s Razorwyre are yet another group retro of traditional heavy metal musicians, an exuberant quintet who are not afraid to demonstrate the classic clichés of the genre, often exposing their fiery fervour for old school metal with vivacious channels, choppy, percussive rhythms, soulful vocal delivery and speedy speed/thrash tremolo slashes, proving to be a band that devote themselves to the old school term entirely. Much like today’s modern power metal acts, the band likes to magnify the presence of the meat of the guitar with loud, bashing amplifications, and by penning semi-complex compositions, genuinely short and efficient. The number of retro heavy metal outfits are growing prodigious, and while scoffing may seem like a reasonable action to many who’ve suffered the fashioned trends numerous times, it’s best that you stop complaining about it, and just enjoy the music, as Razorwyre are thriving the swing of genre even further.
‘’Another Dimension’’ is the debut album and sole release by the band, but the band’s humbler version, Gaywyre (what a pleasant moniker) had a nice little power/thrash output named ‘’Coming Out’’. The band has not been around for a substantial amount of time, but their efficiency, their punchy grooves and rhythms are far superior to the primal releases of the band’s contemporaries, and although the material the band gouges out is not entirely sufficient to curve towards a more innovative nature, blatant influences such as Maiden, Priest, Dio, Helloween, interact with other speed/thrash clichés, and the influences are dispersed sparsely, and you’re left with eleven tracks that are redolent of something else each. Old school dominates the whole atmosphere, but it’s clear that the band gets a lot of help from the benefits of technology of the modern era.
While still being generally aggressive, Razorwyre gives plenty of room to more soulful, sombre manifestations of emotion, and they veil it in the deepness of the vocals, and such an overtone is occasionally spewed forth, showing prominence on track s like ‘’Hangman’s Noose’’. Of course, the album obviously embraces velocity and hooking riffs over depressive mourns. A surprisingly wide spectrum of variation awaits you in the album, some of the most sordid, raw manifestations being jumpy speed/thrash catharsises like ‘’Knight Of Fire’’ or ‘’Desert Inferno’’, while ‘’Nightblade’’ or Wind Caller’’ principally espouse a lighter sound, soaring vocals underpinning the catchy plate of heavy/power hooks, but all in all, all the songs take you towards the same crater, only dragging you through different paths. Razorwyre’s material is easily one of the classier speed/thrash/power/heavy gimmicks around, and albeit it’s all stuff I’ve heard before, I can’t help but vigorously bob my head to its frivolous and predictable excursions.
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