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Review: Hellrazer - Bonecrusher

Label: Independent
Year released: 2019
Duration: 55:42
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: July 25, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Hellrazer have existed in one form or another since 2004, and yet this, their fourth album, is my introduction to them. They started out as a cover band called One-Eyed Snake, but they've been flying under the radar for over a decade, quietly releasing albums along the way, which is a shame if this album is anything to go by.

Musically, these Canadians sound like a mix of Ram It Down/Painkiller-era Priest and early Anvil with some Slayerific riffs thrown in for good measure. The guitar work on this is killer and supported by a crisp, sharp sound, and Gerald Zamponi is a dead ringer for Steve "Lips" Kudlow. There's nothing particularly innovative about this, and the lyrics are cheesy as all hell (the chorus to "Killroom" gets me every time with how ridiculous it is), but every song on here is a well-crafted example of that golden age of '80s Heavy Metal, no more, no less, and who can fault them for that?

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