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Razorback - 2004 Animal Anger


RAZORBACK - ANIMAL ANGER (2004, MASSACRE RECORDS)
Stefan Berggren - vocals
Rolf Munkes - guitars
Marcus Bielenberg - bass
Pierre Fienhold - drums
Chris Heun - rhythm guitars


Background
Razorback rose out of the ashes of German metal band Vanize. Rolf, Marcus and Pierre were the three from the Vanize days and after the split of that band they wanted to move in a more melodic direction. After plenty of auditions it was a phone call between Rolf and Neil Murray that brought former Snakes In Paradise and Company Of Snakes singer Stefan Berggren into the fold. With the addition of Rolf's old school mate Chris on guitars, Razorback were ready to roll. I don't usually mention packaging, etc but the cover for this album is horrible. Not a good first impression. Though the album doesn't drop to the level of the cover, the material will not make you forget it either.

The Songs
The combination of the cover and the opener 'The Hymn' didn't give me great hope. A play-by-numbers melodic metal track that is very lack-lustre both musically and vocally. It is made up for by 'One By One', a track with plenty of crunch and a very good chorus. There is more than a dash of Dio in 'A New King In Town', but 'Kiss Of Death' has a familiar Snakes In Paradise feel with a more aggressive vocal approach. That SIP influence is even greater on the brooding 'Fire And Rain' (no wonder, apparently this is a cover of one of their songs). We go from brooding to break-neck on 'Release Me'. This is more like it and Stefan sounds great. 'Lone Wolf' doesn't inspire but the impressive rocker 'Eye Of The Storm' picks up the pieces. It's not until the final 20 seconds or so of 'Bastard' that any excitement ensues and the final track 'Dead Man's Song' is pretty ordinary really.

In Summary
Consistency is the key to a successful album and it is lacking on 'Animal Anger'. We get snippets of greatness on tracks such as 'One By One', 'Release Me' and 'Eye Of The Storm', but they are lost among a number of fillers. On top of that I'm not convinced that Stefan's voice fits with the heavier style of melodic rock on 'Animal Anger'. To be blunt it is a pretty dull affair and, IMO, not entirely worthy of the glowing praise heaped on it in other quarters of the melodic rock media.

Track Listing:
01 The Hymn
02 One by One
03 A New King In Town
04 Kiss Of Death
05 Fire And Rain
06 Release Me
07 Lone Wolf
08 Eye Of The Storm
09 Bastard
10 Dead Man's Song

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