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Marshall Law: Razorhead

Marshall Law: Razorhead

Classic/Traditional Metal
Rating: 4.25/5.0

After a nine year hiatus, England's Marshall Law returns with 'Razorhead' - a heavy, in-your-face, traditional metal fist-pumper that is sure to get the blood flowing through every classic metalhead with a pulse. The band is most commonly compared to 'Painkiller'- era Judas Priest. Overall that is a pretty good comparison for the music, but don't expect any Rob Halford-like vocals from these guys. Singer Andy Pyke has a strong, mid-range voice, and although doesn't really sound like either of them, he is more of a Dio-type vocalist than Halford-type. At any rate, it is a really good fit for Marshall Law and this kind of classic metal.

'Gods Of Deception,' 'Night Terror,' and 'Bloodlines' clearly highlight this disc. Although most of the other songs don't quite match the intensity of those songs, every track is solid and all are built around catchy rhythms and meaty hooks. 'Nothing Lasts Forever' is probably my least favorite tune here. It's listenable, but this type of poppy power-ballad is not Marshal Law's strong suit. It sounds watered down and just doesn't fit in with the rest of the songs that compile 'Razorhead.'

Although it sounds a bit dated, 'Razorhead' should be well received by all kinds of metal lovers. I'd group these guys with modern metal bands like Primal Fear and Seven Witches, and probably put them at the head of that class. There are a couple fillers to sift through on this CD but even those aren't horrible and the bulk of this album kicks ass. If you're looking for a quality throwback metal album, you won't go wrong with Marshall Law's 'Razorhead.'

In Short

Although it sounds a bit dated, 'Razorhead' should be well received by all kinds of metal lovers. I'd group these guys with modern metal bands like Primal Fear and Seven Witches, and probably put them at the head of that class. If you're looking for a quality throwback metal album, you won't go wrong with Marshall Law's 'Razorhead.'

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