RAZORBACK - CRIMINAL JUSTICE (2005, MASSACRE RECORDS)
Stefan Berggren - vocals
Rolf Munkes - guitars
Chris Heun - guitars
Marcus 'Arschlecken oder was' Bielenberg - bass
Andre Hilgers - drums
If you read my review for Razorback's debut album 'Animal Anger' then you will be aware I didn't cuddle up to this band based on that effort. Though the album received a number of good reviews, I couldn't buy into it. Sure, there were a couple of more than decent tracks, but as I said then I found it pretty dull. In 2005 we see their return and the sophomore release 'Criminal Justice'. Anyone hoping that the band would build on 'Animal Anger' are going to be sorely disappointed as Razorback have taken several steps backwards and adopted a slow, moody, modern style of metal that bares very little resemblance to the debut. Now, I know I wasn't big on these guys already, but even I was wondering 'what the f*?' after trudging through the mire that is this album. I always look for something good to say about a band/album, but 'Criminal Justice' has left me looking for negative, rather than positive, adjectives. If it wasn't for the sake of doing this review I would have ditched the album after the first couple of tracks.
I find it astonishing that established and respected musicians such as Rolf Munkes, Stefan Berggren and Chris Heun could record an album so lifeless. The guys obviously feel that their style of metal is relevant in todays market, but who are they targeting. Certainly not the fans from the first album as the change in direction is too drastic. Nor can I see fans of the modern style of metal getting into this as, to be honest, there are bands out there doing a much better job. In a nutshell this album will not help to enhance their reputations, and shame on Massacre Records for releasing an album that is only 34 minutes long, not matter how bad it is.
01 The Flame Still Burns
02 It's Alright
03 Big City Jungle
04 Ain't A Perfect Day
05 Criminal Justice
06 Hard To Say Good Bye
07 A Good Day To Die
09 The Point Of No Return
Razorback - 2004 Animal Anger
Razorback - 2005 Criminal Justice
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