"The Power of Negative Thinking" (Razor Wire; 2008)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Razor Wire Shrine is a progressive, experimental instrumental metal band with chops galore, songwriting bravery, and a steely penchant for originality.

“The Power of Negative Thinking” is a seven-song disc that combines the technical aspects of metal with the imagination of progressive rock. Overall, the songs on “The Power of Negative Thinking” are percussive, relentless, and varied (within songs and from one song to another). The arrangements are sharp due to the quick changes from section to section that aren’t jarring so much as they are designed for maximum impact.  Razor Wire Shrine is heavy enough for Meshuggah fanatics and dexterous enough for the most daring of truly progressive metal and rock bands.

For fans of Dysrhythmia, Canvas Solaris, and Ohm:.

“The Power of Negative Thinking” was produced by Razor Wire Shrine.

Razor Wire Shrine: Chris Rodler on rhythm guitars and bass, Mike Ohm on lead guitar, and Brett Rodler on drums.

For more information visit http://www.myspace.com/razorwireshrinemusic.

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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