RAGING SPEEDHORN - HOW THE GREAT HAVE FALLEN - SPV
You know you are in for something big from the moment the album revs up. This is doom-ridden hardcore of massive proportions. Take Crowbar and slap it on a truck, take Black Sabbath and launch it on a missile. Hell, take doom and slap it hardcore and you will end up with a raging speedhorn. Kyuss would play this were it twice as angry and three times as fast. Song titles like A Different Shade Of Shit, Oh How The Great Have fallen, Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory and Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down mean business. Screaming rock it vocals, bassy racket hardcore and doomy rocket punk combine to let off the ruckus that is Raging Speedhorn. As teed-off as this album is the hidden track, for once, takes the cake. The social commentary aside, the clip is a riot. - Ali "The Metallian"
RAGING SPEEDHORN - BEFORE THE SEA WAS BUILT - SPV
The new Raging Speedhorn album maintains the band’s use of a fusion sound of extremes as well as innovative and clever titles. That is not new. The band has gone and found a new singer called Bloody Kev who has a major presence on the album and changes a few things for the Brits.
As prior efforts The Sea Was Built is dominated by the bass guitar while the bloody singer’s gruff grunt growling and screams are hardly geared for commercial consumption. The speed part of the horn has been pulled back to accommodate more sludge resulting in an album that more distinctively sounds like a mix between Prong (Who Will Guard The Guards), suspiciously poppy melodies put to distortion (The last Comet From Nothingness with its hushed start), The Sex Pistols and loads of sludge a la Dystopia or Eyehategod. It is a powerful mixture and one that grows on the listener - metal or punk. Repeated listens bear fruit, although one has to wonder about the Iron Maiden melody on Sound Of Waves. - Ali “The Metallian”