Sunday 28 May 2017

Razoreater - Vacuum Of Nihil


1. Nailbombed
2. I, Dreadnought
3. Bloodeagled
4. Wrath
5. Filth Scheming, Shrill Screaming

This past weeks has been a bit of a write-off. I had intended to post everyday but I didn't get round to it. Anyway, as I mentioned at the top of my previous Ambassador Gun review, I wanted to post about some bands/releases that I'd slept on and this 2016 LP from UK band Razoreater was one of them. I came across the band in 2012 when they released their demo tape "Necropolitan" via CoF Records (then known as Church Of Fuck). It was followed by a split 7" with label mates Iced Out (RIP) and a live tape featuring their set from Stuck On A Name Studios, as well as sets from Oblivionized and Let It Die. "Vacuum Of Nihil" was a collaborative release by Skin & Bones Records and Wooaaargh Records, as a single-sided LP with b-side etching. 

Razoreater emerged at a time when heavy, riffy hardcore/noise was exploding in the UK and alongside the likes of Knife Crimes and Esoteric Youth (both RIP), they opened the pathway for a load of DIY bands that have since parted. Thankfully, they’re still around and still very much at it. LP opener Nailbombed is a noisy, feedback-filled slice of hardcore. More grinding and fast than anything. I, Dreadnought is delivered at a similar pace and there’s no time for slow, chugging riffs as they smash through it in less than ninety seconds, with the help of guest vox from Red from Let It Die. The slow, chugging riffs do enter the fray though on Bloodeagled. A ridiculous low-end and rhythm section only makes it more menacing. They burst back into life with violent ferocity halfway through the song, with raging death/grind taking centre stage. Wrath is definitely a song that needs to be played loud, as is the whole record. A live setting is the best place to hear Razoreater too, which I can attest too having seen them back in 2012 at Fuck Fest (although my memory of that show is a bit foggy!). Closing song Filth Scheming, Shrill Screaming is so aptly named, as it’s both filthy and shrill. It sums up Razoreater’s mix of heavy hardcore and noise perfectly and ends with a maddening slice of electronic drone. Short but visceral and oh so good.

You can stream and download 'Vacuum Of Nihil" via Razoreater's bandcamp page below:-

The LP can still be purchased from both Skin & Bones Records and Wooaaargh Records.

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