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Uncompromising, no-holds-barred political thrash-blitz from the Scottish Borders with a sense of humour. Probably not recording a ballad anytime soon…. Louder Than War’s Joe Whyte investigates.

Protest music comes in many forms; Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie, Billy Bragg, The Clash and any number of flower-in-the-hair folkies. Anger is an energy according to Mr Lydon and believe me, Razor Sharp Death Blizzard have rather a lot of that. Seeing an album review in Vive Le Rock and discovering that they were compatriots piqued my interest.

A quick Facebook search turned up the video for the opening (and title) track on their “Riot, Revolt, Revolution” mini album. It’s nice to hear a reasoned, informed, articulate political argument but quite frankly, RSDB put it so much more succinctly with a chorus that goes; “Tory bastard scum! You’re all cunts!” If you’re gonna say it, you might as well do it properly, I guess…..

Opening with a sample of some Cameron-shite, the song very quickly makes it’s mark and leaves. Careening guitar, shrieked vocals and a battery of drums and sounding like the third level of Dante’s Inferno if it had a metal night on, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

The band were formed from the ashes of a couple of other well-known names on the scene, namely Ridgeback and The Swellbellys. Jamie Clark on vocals fronted the former and Daz McSwell was guitarist with the latter. Spending a couple of years finding a settled line-up has halted things a little but with Greg Armstrong on drums and Graham Paxton on bass duties, things are falling into place.

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Second song on the album is “Dirty War” and keeps the brutal velocity going. This is not a band that do things by half when double will do. In fact, talking about double, Armstrong’s twin kick drum assault on “Saville” (presumably about the titular ex-BBC scumbag) is a thing of great wonder.

It would appear that thrash is back. If it was ever away. And it’s as cranium-defiling as it always was.

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The band can be found on Facebook and Bandcamp.

Words by Joe Whyte.  You can read more of Joe’s writing at his Louder Than War’s authors archive.

 

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