Drakkar - Razorblade God
Italian viking metallers of Drakkar are back in the game with their third studio-recording and on top of that an as good as totally new line-up as well. There's a new member on every position except guitars and drums and with that you can also forget everything you knew about the band regarding their previous sound.
The new man in charge of the vocals has a voice more suitable for thrash/speed metal, the former somewhat Running Wild-influenced riffs are as good as totally absent despite a few exceptions and the musical alignment concerning the guitars are the same as the vocals- more thrash metal than power. All in all this adds up to a sound that differs quite a bit from the standard Italian epic melodic metal although there are such elements present here too.
A basic song on this album goes something like this: a
thrashy guitarsound in the beginning and after a while the keyboard
and sometimes a choir joins in. The verse continues in a thrashy style
and it's not until the choruses we can trace some remnant of the epic
I have to say that this wasn't a very convincing album
although I at first had my hopes up since the line-up change and especially
in the vocal-department. But after having heard this album many times
now I have to say that commentaries like "bombastic", "mature
songwriting" and "extraordinary vocals" etc, are more
wishful thinking than the real life version of the truth.
So despite from a few highlights, this blend of thrash
and epic melodic metal doesn't put much of a smile on my face and Italy's
got way better bands to offer. Check it out if you're into the thrash
thing and want to listen to an Italian band that doesn't follow the
more traditional country main stream. Myself and I'm sure many others
will agree to the fact that Razorblade God is not worth breaking the
piggy bank for.