|Review: Rifle - 'Til Death|
Label: Craneo Negro Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Speed Metal
Review online: July 17, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Well this is fun. Rifle are a Swedish band that play a loose, sincere brand of Speed Metal similar to older Motörhead and Iron Maiden with a kick of a more muscular Hanoi Rocks for good measure. There's nothing serious-minded going on here, and it almost sounds like it was made in the aftermath of a night of partying and booze with its raw production values and badass song titles like "Hellhole Blues" and "Gory Morning Glory". There's a fair balance between rockier numbers like "Rock'n'Roll Disease" and "Through the Night", both of which could have been long lost Hanoi Rocks tracks, and more metallic songs like the Whiplash-esque opener "Alive" and "Recoil", the latter of which reminds me of the demo days of Finland's Ranger. If you're in dire need of party music to jam with friends as you drink yourselves into a stupor, then you could do far worse than this.
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