Saturday, 19 December 2020

Album Review: RAGING SPEEDHORN - Hard To Kill

 


01. Snakebite
02. Doom Machine
03. Spitfire
04. Hard To Kill
05. Hammer Down
06. Hand Of God
07. Brutality
08. The Best
09. Children Of The Revolution

I haven't listened to Raging Speedhorn since their second album, We Will Be Dead Tomorrow, came out, back in 2002. After all these years, various line-up changes, as well as the changes that life and time often bestow on us, Raging Speedhorn still sound pretty much the same. The big difference is that they're even better now.

There's no doubt that they were always an excellent live band, and had a few absolute bangers in their recorded repertoire such as the The Gush (produced by Billy and Danny from Biohazard), Fuck The Voodoo Man, and The Hate Song to name a few. 

It's easy to look at the past through rose-tinted glasses, especially when you're thinking about a band's glory days, when they were getting onto big tours and festivals, and the magazines were regularly praising them. However, nostalgia shouldn't be allowed to eclipse the awesomeness that's going on right here, right now.

Here we are, many moons and wrinkles later, and Raging Speedhorn are on top of their game, without having changed much in their DNA. The distorted Blues, crushing Metal, and high-octane Doom are all still present, but it's as though there's an added hunger, and this record is presented like a winning hand of cards being smashed onto the table.

If you're not familiar with the band, think of 90's Entombed, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, and Dismember all rolled into one. It's basically face-crushing filth. 

So yeah, Hard To Kill is a bit of a winner. It's short and sour, refusing to let up or bore us with fillers. My personal favourites are the title track, Doom Machine, and the cover of T-Rex's Children of the Revolution, but it's solid throughout, and well worth a spin.


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