|Review: Razorwyre - Coming Out|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
I have to say I really dig this EP. There is a load of bands playing old school 80's metal at the minute, and Razorwyre can count themselves among that crowd. However I do think these guys are a cut above the average and while they aren't too original, their brand of thrashing 80's metal went down as a treat with me. This is no frills, no bullshit pure unadulterated heavy fucking metal, played with balls and oozing with testosterone.
They were originally called Gaywyre and with the combination of that name and the album cover (which admittedly I find highly amusing), you could be fooled into thinking the band were some sort of joke, so I'm glad they made the name change. The tracks shown on Coming Out were made for the live environment, and it's not hard to imagine how much ass these guys would kick live. Tracks such as the album opener "Party of Five" and "Operation Market Garden" are fine examples of their sound with plenty of Maiden guitar harmonies, face-melting leads and fist-pumping riffs. "Fuck You Tonight" despite being quite goofy is one of the finer tracks here, with some belting riffs and standing as one of the more thrashing tracks on the EP. I think this track in particular would be immensely fun live with an easy to sing along yet ridiculous chorus that begs for a beer in one hand and a fist in the air. What is maybe the finest track, "Battleshark," is the longest at just over six minutes, and is a bona fide riff fest that demands your head to bang.
There are no bad points on Coming Out, maybe the vocals of "Z Child" could be a sore point for some, with his falsetto leaving a little to be desired. However this adds to the charm more than anything, his mid-range is good and his delivery can be quite thrash metal which certainly adds to the experience rather than detract. Fans of good old fashioned metal should get their hands on this, crack open a cold one and turn it up to 11. Recommended.
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