To me Razorback
Records stand as the label that saved Death Metal. No more, no less. When technical wankers were taking the genre somewhere else from where it should have been, Billy and Vanessa were the only people that had some sense left in them and kept on releasing Death Metal records you could actually listen to without going epileptic.
Though some of the labelâs latest releases have not been as brilliant as expected, they carry on the flame of real Death Metal with a passion and have succeeded in igniting it in others. Polandâs Selfmadegod certainly caught fire more than some others because after releasing both albums from the mighty Encoffination and being a long time distro partner of the aforementioned US label, here comes a split album between two bands of the Razorback
Letâs get started with Crypticus
. Thereâs no words telling how much I like the previous two albums from Patrick Bruss' band. Here the definition of cookie monster vocals takes all its meaning and it's just an avalanche of riffs that just kill with a sense of groove that very few bands have. Most people had complained in the past that Crypticus
had no drummer and that the drum programming failed the tracks. Though it's certainly nice to have a full-fledged band, these records are near perfect and that programming isn't annoying (he knows whatâs he doing!) but hey, you wanted real drums? You got them hereâ¦so four tracks of pure Crypticus
madness with real drums? What the heck more could you ask for? Nothing
. Thatâs what I thought.
Then comes Scaremakerâs part. Scaremaker isnât exactly your typical Death Metal. Not just because of Billy Nocera, owner of Razorback
Records, not just because of Vanessa Nocera (does this scream Razorback
!? AGAIN!?) makes it a female-fronted band, not just because the Elektrokutioner is here to axe his drumkit but because their horror-based take on Death Metal mixed with the sound of proto-80s stuff and a propension for rock nâ roll with two-tons bollocks make them sound like no other band from this Earth
I recently read that Vanessaâs vocals were somewhere in between Deicide
âs Glenn Benton and Fleetwood Macâs Stevie Nicks! Freakinâ fitting if you ask me. Resolutely different, youâll hear pure Glam Rock a la Motley Crue, aggression a la Venom
and even some Black Metal riffing... and this is Death Metal!
The stakes here may seem high, two ânicheâ bands with a supposedly limited audience but really at the top of their art which makes this split album stand above the rest. If you donât know either one of these bands, itâs about time you do and this is the perfect blend for the two of them. Long live Razorback
, long live Selfmadegod!