|Review: Raging Mob - Raging Mob|
Label: Mort Productions
Year released: 2008
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 14, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)
Raging Mob are a Thrash Metal band formed by ex-Assassin vocalist Robert Gonnella when he was living in Beijing, China. They recorded their debut in that time and have mostly gone silent since then, but the band was actually a hit in the Chinese underground when they were active, even netting some live performances at some of the famous clubs and festivals in the area. Despite all of that, I was a bit skeptical when I got my hands on this, but I'll admit it's grown on me after a handful of listens.
Raging Mob is an exercise in crunchy, mid-paced Thrash with no frills or intentions outside of keeping your neck muscles active while it's on. The band is tight and proficient, and Rob sounds as good as he ever did, maybe even better than he did in his Assassin days. That said, the production is pretty iffy, particularly the feeble drum sound, and the overall mid-pace marching on this album means a lot of it can kind of blend together. That said, songs like album opener "Promisebreaker", "Slave to a Lie", and "Destroy Hate" are all good enough to make up for that lack of variety and clarity. "The Blessing of the Mob" is a solid instrumental that doesn't sound too far from what Running Wild did when they were worth a damn, and the two live covers of the Assassin songs "Raging Mob" and "Bushwackers" are pretty solid, though the loudness of the crowd does make me suspect they might have been added to them later. This isn't what I'd call an essential release, but if you're looking for some no-frills Thrash with some interesting history behind it, then this is a lot of fun.
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