"Rape You Like a Gentleman" (self-produced; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Despite its (perhaps intentionally) tasteless title, Norselaw's "Rape You Like a Gentleman" isn't half bad. It's a cross-breeding of black metal and goth that, for the most part, delivers what you'd expect from either or both of those genres. Driving, powerful songs; gruff aggressive vocals; edgy songwriting.

And then track #3, "Cyborg Lover," comes along and features vocals that sound like somebody hit Michael Jackson in the balls. I mean it, it's a high pitched squeal that's almost as annoying as fingernails on a chalkboard. It's enough to make you want to stop the CD then and there. Thankfully, it doesn't last long and we're back to the GWAR-like stuff. But it comes back now and then and it's a showstopper.

I don't know what Norselaw was thinking, but that Hanna-Barbera voice sabotages too much of "Rape You Like a Gentleman." Still, there's plenty to recommend this CD. For the most part the vocals are strong and not-too-harsh and the music really moves along at a nice clip. But I'm telling you, that squeaky high voice will make you sit up and take notice ... and not in a good way.

Norselaw: Guitars and vocals: Norselaw; Drums: Derek Phenneger; Bass: Andrew Perlowhich.

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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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