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Hellrazor: In The Wild

Coming out of the chute with a wild abandon that unleashes the fury of Hellrazor, the title track In The Wild introduces you to the classic heavy metal style of this hard working and hard rockin' band from North Carolina. Shades of the thunderous stadium rockers of the past collide with the spirit and brutal nature of today's heavy music scene on this booming assault of guitar driven hardcore metal.

Led by singer Alan Rueda, whose vocals fall somewhere in between the growl of James Hetfield and the voice of the original Hellraiser, Lemmy Kilminster, this band gives you a dose of how metal should be done today. With one foot still firmly planted in the world of the heavy metal icons of the past, they carry the torch into the realm of modern hardcore.

With guitar blazing, Charley Shackleford creates the sound that defines the band. As the only guitarist in this four piece unit, it is his duty to carry the music to the masses. He handles this with surprising ease and a spirit that is at the core of what this band stands for. As he puts it, "We make music for the headbangers who like to drink". There is no doubt in my mind that both are in adequate supply when he unleashes his six string. This album is sure to be the background for much debauchery and general mayhem. It is unrelenting pure rock and roll that will fuel the beast lurking within. On the front cover is the mascot of the band, the "Hellrazor" himself. Charley told me that a lot of the album is the exploits and the misadventures of the ultimate hardcore warrior pictured on the disc. As you hear about the damage he does and also done to him, it will make you look forward to the further escapades of our hero on upcoming releases.

The furious speed and tempo of the band are regulated by the duo of Dave Sanchez on bass and Chuck Giardino on drums. Dave's bass lines are a headbangers dream while Chuck is a fire ball when he needs to be. As the band changes pace, this pair makes sure that they are kept on the straight and narrow.

If there is any complaint to the disc, it is that some of the mixes could have been better. There are times when the loud guitars seem to overwhelm the vocals. One of my favorite songs off the album, Darker Days, is hurt by this quite a bit. It is a small point and one that I am sure will be remedied with more exposure and additional funds for the recording process.

If you are looking for music to just let loose to, this is a real "Hold my beer, watch this" type of metal mayhem. Load it into the player, fire up the truck and with a nod to the South ala Pantera, these guys may lead you into all sorts of carnage. They are destined to be one of the bands that bridge the gap between the old and the new. That is not surprising to me since Charley mentioned that he had Alice Cooper's Billion Dollar Babies in his truck right now. It just proves that it is as important for a band to remember where they come from as it is to plan where they are going.

Track Listing
1. In The Wild
2. Hellrazor
3. The Pawn
4. Darker Days
5. Possession
6. passing Hour
7. Stacked Up
8. Ride or Die
9. 3AM

Added: October 26th 2008
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: The Band's MySpace Site
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Language: english

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