HELLRAZOR


"Feel the Sting" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Hellrazor's "Feel the Sting" is a welcome journey back to the day when metal bands like W.A.S.P., Motley Crue and Judas Priest were all the rage on the radio and in concert halls. This nine track CD has all the earmarks of what made those bands great: Singable choruses, driving rhythms, melodic guitars and lots of fiery lead guitar.

Anybody who's a fan of the above-listed bands or any other bands of their ilk will find something to like here. From the Blackie Lawless eeriness of "All of Your Love" to the Crue attitude of "Bad Blood" to the irresistible, Warrant-like chorus of "Who Needs You" and the Warrant-like cheesiness of "Guilty As Charged," "Feel the Sting" is a great record for those who don't think they make great hard music like they used to. Fortunately, this is no nostalgia piece either. Hellrazor's "Feel the Sting" may hearken back to the days of hair metal but it never feels stale at all.

The production here is impressive for a self-released CD although it could use a little additional depth. Overall, however, Hellrazor's "Feel the Sting" is a kick ass CD throughout. Fans of 80s metal will not go wrong here.

Hellrazor: Danny E. Reid - lead vocalist, piano, tambourine, background vocals; T.C. Davidson - all electric guitars, acoustic guitars, background vocals; Kasey Haze - bass guitar, background vocals; Darrin Evil: drums, percussion, background vocals.

For more information, check out http://www.hellrazorband.com


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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