|Review: Speedtrap - Raw Deal|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 14, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
I was very surprised when I found out that Speedtrap formed in 2007. This is a vinyl release on High Roller Records, and I thought this was some kind of reissue of a long-lost NWOBHM band Because that's exactly what they sound like! This is about as late 70s NWOBHM as it gets, just with a modern production. The singer has that "hey my friend two houses down the street can sing, let's go get him" garage style that was pretty much the norm with most bands of the era. A rough yet high-pitched voice that sounds a bit amateurish yet rules when matched with the equally rough music – you definitely don't want a little diva wanna-be singing on this stuff. Raw ‘n' dirty Heavy Metal is the name of the game here, though Speedtrap do speed things up quite a bit, often flirting with Speed Metal – basically Heavy Metal on steroids. Galloping+speedy and raw riffs, pounding drums (and I do mean pounding), and the obligatory solos meet a healthy dose of catchy melodies and pretty much get you headbanging and foot-tapping for the whole 22 minutes. I (almost) always have music playing in the background, but I found it hard to focus on anything else when listening to Raw Deal.
If you're a fan of late 70s/early 80s NWOBHM, this is definitely worth checking out. Serving us with only 22 minutes is fucking torture, but if that's a sign of things to come with a first full-length, then there's something good in our future.
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