"Evolution" (Spitfire; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

If rocking hard is your only concern, then Pissing Razor's "Evolution" will suit you just fine. The guitars pound away, the rhythms are aggressive and the vocals are often blood-curdlingly raw.

If you're looking for a little variety in your music, however, or anything that even vaguely resembles style, "Evolution" probably isn't the ticket. For the most part, the ten songs contained hereon are interchangeable; they all blend together where one track begins and the other ends with the obvious exception being "Evolucion," a Spanish-language version of the title track.

None of this really matters is all you want to do is bang your head against the wall. "Evolution" serves nicely as a soundtrack for that purpose. And the band has done just fine delivering this kind of hardcore through the years so, obviously, there are plenty of listeners who are getting just what they want from Pissing Razors. In those cases, I guess rocking hard is enough.

Pissing Razors: Eddy Garcia - drums; Rick Valles - bass; Andre Acosta - vocals; Matt Difabio - guitar, background vocals.

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

"Live in the Devil's Triangle" (Spitfire; 2002)

Reviewed by Snidermann

"Live In The Devils Triangle" was recorded in one night at the 101 Club in El Paso, Texas and contains 16 songs and over 60 minutes of blistering, high octane metal. This shit is flying fast and high from the start and never lets up until the end. 

Pissing Razors is tight even for a hardcore metal band and how can you not love their name? The energy contained and expelled in this live recording will leave you sweating (I was, and I can only imagine what the band and the crowd felt like after the show). 

This is one of the best overall live recordings I have heard in a long time. "Triangle" is pure, raging metal with no hype and no bullshit - just a straight-forward ass-kicking. I wish I'd been there to see this recorded! These guys know how to fucking rock. 

PISSING RAZORS: Eddy Garcia drums, Rick Valles bass, Cesar Soto guitar and Andre Acosta vocals.

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

"Cast Down the Plague" (Noise; 1999)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Pissing Razors, straight from Texas, are out to win you over. Complete with vocals in the vein of Fear Factory, relentless intensity not unlike Slayer, and tireless devotion to their style, Pissing Razors provide few surprises, yet still manage to keep you listening. Some folks claim to hear a Machine Head sound in Pissing Razors, but I don't hear that at all. I do hear, however, a Stuck Mojo type of sound in the slower guitar parts and even a bit of Coal Chamber-like anger in the vocals.

What Pissing Razors lacks in subtlety, the make up for in an energetic performance. Pissing Razors approach each song with fervor and intensity. The songs are concise and to the point; the thirteen tracks clock in at just over 42 minutes. There's no sense restating the obvious when you've spoken clearly the first time, right?

"Mass Corruption" certainly has its Pantera-ish moments; the double-time bass drums were a bit too much, though. "Truth In Disguise" is definitely industrial and borrows a lot from the style of Fear Factory. "Understand" is a power-house track with its compact riff and pointed vocals.

The title track has a sharp riff, gruff vocals, relentless guitar and bass, straight-ahead drumming. The tune lacks a bit in originality, but is satisfying. However, there is an interesting section toward the end of the song where the main riff continues to pummel the eardrums, yet a swirling, howling wind-like guitar adds a unique touch to the music.

I tried desperately to find some unique features in the vocals, yet there is nothing imaginative there. This is not to take anything away from Joe Rodriguez, it just doesn't do anything for me.  However, the lyrics are quite good; many recurring themes of fighting against all odds and survival despite dire circumstances pop up in most tracks.

Put simply, if you like Pantera or Fear Factory, this band won't disappoint you; yet, if you're looking for something a little deeper than repetitive bashing search elsewhere for your musical entertainment.

PISSING RAZORS is Joe Rodriguez on vocals; Rick Valles on bass guitar; Matt Lynch on guitar; Eddy Garcia on drums. The band hails from El Paso, TX. Check out the official website at http://bucksatan.net/pissingrazors/ for more information.

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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