|Review: Razor Fist - Metal Minds|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
This is yet another underground U.S. Heavy Metal band, and like so many others they have a no nonsense attitude to their sound. While Razor Fist don't reach the greatness of the better known bands of that country, there is quality material to be found for sure. The focus of the band is the guitar playing as Metal Minds delivers catchy riffs and piercing solos that are the highlight in each song. That is not the only thing that they have going as their album is chock full of energy and charisma that most bands would kill to attain. Songs like "Fury of the Warrior", "Thirst for Disaster" and the closer "Loud into the Night" have that special something found in the good bands of the genre.
As far as musicianship goes, these guys are good songwriters. They will not impress you with their playing ability but most of the tracks cover that limitation. One thing that they could not hide though is their singer; he has a yammering high pitch style that is out of control and his screams need work (and lots of it). The rhythm session is uneven; the drumming is powerful while the bass playing could have been better (or at least louder). Razor Fist only follows two tempos, fast and faster; they don't slow down much of the time, a clear example of this is "Runner" where you will bang your head like a mongoloid. Moreover, the result of that I had a difficult period distinguishing the songs since they all sound very similar or have the same structure, "First Strike" seems like filler.
Since I haven't listened to their debut album, I can't comment on which one is better or if they made some sort of change. Still, this record is a clear example of no nonsense metal. At the end of the day, I really wanted to like Metal Minds more than I actually did. It doesn't have much staying power and can get old very quickly so I don't recommend listening to this in a consistent basis. Still, if you like bands like Saviours or Midnight Idöls you will like this, just don't expect this to be groundbreaking in any way.
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