|Review: Onheil - Razor|
Label: Cyclone Empire
Year released: 2009
Review online: April 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.15/5 (83.08%) (13 Votes)
This disc starts off really strong, but it loses momentum as it goes along and has some dead spots along the way. I'm always up for some Black/Thrash, but this is less that and has way more Gothenburg influence than I expected or care for. The good: Onheil have a blistering guitar sound and some good riffs. They have a riff-based songwriting approach that makes their stuff more memorable than it would otherwise be. The bad: their vocals are a rather tedious screech, and their songwriting is overly simplistic, leading to songs that are shallow rather than punchy. Plus there is a whole lot of more mellow melodic guitar work on this disc, a very Melodeath kind of sound that does not really do anything to perk up the energy level, and in fact makes this band sound less aggressive and more like Dark Tranquility. The guitar work is good, and the melodies are solid, but they detract from the raw, blackened feel these guys are going for. This isn't bad, but it's not going to really blow you away either.
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