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Review: Outline - Fire Whiplash
Fire Whiplash

Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 22:50
Tracks: 8
Genre: Speed Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: November 6, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Fire Whiplash

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Fire Whiplash is the debut album from Cleveland's Outline and follows 2017's demo of the same name. The demo sounded terrible and, in my review, I recommended waiting for a proper release and now we have it. The sound is significantly better, and you can actually hear some definition to the instruments. The vocals are awash in echo and rather than sounding like The Plasmatics, as they did on the demo, Outline now sounds like a sped up Girlschool. The songs on Fire Whiplash have the same garage vibe Girlschool cuts like "Demolition Boys" had along with some Kim McAuliffe-inspired screams but the tempo is almost universally faster. The songwriting is still faceless (all the tracks from the demo are present) and there isn't much that grabs your attention. Low-fi, female-fronted metal at the thrashy end of the spectrum is what Outline are selling and it's not bad, just not great.

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Review: Fire Whiplash (Demo) (reviewed by MetalMike)
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