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Review: Razor Of Occam - Homage to Martyrs
Razor Of Occam
Homage to Martyrs

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 33:40
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 19, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Homage to Martyrs

Rated 4.08/5 (81.67%) (12 Votes)

Now this is what I'm talking about, some damn evil Blackened Thrash. Razor of Occam deliver the second corker of a Thrash Metal album this year after last month's The Onslaught from the fantastic Lazarus A.D., bringing back memories of Slayer at their most evil, and sprinkled with demonic Black Metal vocal delivery. Featuring members from Deströyer 666 (who I've yet to hear – shame on me), previously established fans should immediately take note of the name Razor of Occam. At just over 30 minutes, Homage to Martyrs is over pretty damn quick; blink and you'll miss it. The music reflects this with a pace that just never lets up from start to finish. Absolutely filthy riffage is the foundation for this well oiled machine, break-neck guitar solos spew from left, right and centre scorching your speakers. Drums range from ballistic blast beats to wild double bass runs. The screams are fantastic, sounding like a tormented soul - best of all being completely decipherable.

Album opener "Altar of Corruption" is a fantastic slab of steel, 20 seconds in and we're treated to a smoldering guitar lead guaranteed to melt your face off. Razor of Occam provide exactly what the doctor prescribed; Homage to Martyrs has my head banging from start to finish – I expect yours will be. Seriously this is the stuff you just want to throw down the fucking horns to. I'll definitely be reaching for this the next time I'm in a bad mood. "Bite of the Dogmata" is my personal favorite, the riffage is damn naughty and the blast beats are utterly punishing. Other stand outs include the titanic "Heat of Battle" and "Flame Bearers" is another choice cut, with some bouncy guitar work that really gets the blood pumping. Closer "Shadow of the Cross" is the longest track on offer, clocking up at nearly six minutes where we see the band getting pretty damn epic and intense. Overall I have to say that Razor of Occam have cooked up a fantastic dish of Thrash Metal, accentuated with some superb Black Metal influence. Evil, filthy, heavier than hell Homage to Martyrs really isn't long enough, although how hard is it to press play again once it's finished? Recommended

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