RED RAZOR - The Revolution Continues

Red Razor - The Revolution Continues

8 songs
30:51 minutes
***** ****


When you grow up along the Brazilian beaches, you might soon be fed up by tourists and their knack for reggae music. This is what went on in the heads of four young Brazilian guys who decided to start a thrash metal band in the early days of the current decade. A first EP came out in 2013, followed by the debut longplayer Beer Revolution two years later, and four years later, Red Razor are finally back with their sophomore album The Revolution Continues. As you can guess from the titles of their albums, there are two things that are important to the band: beer and politics. In that regard, the quartet reminds me a lot of the thrash metal bands of the mid to late Eighties who also switched effortlessly between the fun and the more serious sides of life.

This counts also for the music, where Red Razor adopt an old school thrash metal sound that teleports you straight into the best days of the Eighties. The twin guitars unleash riff after riff of venomous metal, the bass guitar is nicely upfront in the mix, sounding like steel ropes slapping you straight in the face. The drums keep it all together, and the vocals owe a lot to a young Tom Araya, although Red Razor use more backing vocals than Slayer ever did.

The Revolution Continues starts with its title track, which begins with an instrumental metal rendition of The Internationale, and then turns into a hybrid between love for beer and disgust for multinational corporations. In this highly entertaining song with some great vocal lines, the band encourages its listeners to support their local microbreweries. This five-minute song is a first highlight on this great if rather short album. The following For Those About To Thrash is a tribute to their thrash metal heroes, and even quotes album and song titles from the likes of Slayer, Exodus and Coroner. It must be noted that half the songs on the album are under three minutes long. Violent Times is a fast, angry and short song about all the misery in the world, and sounds like a mix between old Slayer and Forbidden. Born In South America, which has already been released as a single, is at six minutes the longest track. It is incredibly varied and a heartfelt hymn against the colonialist exploitation of their continent. Really a great piece of music with an aggressive bass guitar, angry vocals and gang shouts that Sepultura couldnít have done better in their heyday.

The second half of the album begins with R.I.P. Democracy which is about the atrocious political situation in Brazil since a right-wing populist was elected as President. It must be this genuine anger that gives the music its authentic aggression that so few metal bands can muster. Sour Power is a more positive song, dealing with the band membersí fondness for strange Belgian beers. Brewtal Mosh is also about beer, but also about underground metal shows. I really love the weirdly fun vocals that lead into the chorus. Itís a song I donít get tired listening to. The album ends with The Sadist, a more technical sound about the Vampire of Dusseldorf, a serial killer who lived in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries.

Thrash metal revival has been a big deal for quite a few years now. And while many of those bands have the technical skills to pull it through, few sound so authentically angry as Red Razor, who also have of course an unrelenting fun side, showing that itís possible to enjoy your beers and still get upset about all the crap happening in the world. Fans of vintage thrash metal should be delighted by this short yet extraordinary lesson in violence.

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