It's hard to imagine that New Zealand heavy speed metal band Razorwyre first went by the name Gaywyre in their earlier days. What were they thinking? At least they were thinking something better when it came to crafting their sound. Razorwyre delivers tried and true traditional Eighties heavy speed metal akin to greats like Anvil and Annihilator. Another Dimension, releasing on both CD and vinyl, is their debut album.
From the start, Another Dimension is rather galloping stuff, and Razorwyre slows down for no one. The pace my moderate at times as on FOBF or Hangman's Noose, by example. Generally, this could get rather redundant after awhile, but Razorwyre offers variation along the way. For instance, The Conjuror and Knights of Fire blur the distinction between thrash and speed metal. While Nightblade and Another Dimension veer more towards speedier traditional heavy metal, like Iron Maiden on steroids. Throughout, the rhythm section stays tight, Z Chylde brings steady metal vocals, and lead guitarist, Chris, rips up the fret board with ease and excess.
For traditional heavy/speed metal, Razorwyre and Another Dimension delivers the goods. Easily recommended.