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Razorbats - Camp Rock


by Kevin Wierzbicki

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The cover of this album from Norwegian band Razorbats depicts a night club crowd wearing clothing with patches honoring the likes of Black Sabbath, Scorpions and Rush, so it's no surprise that the effort is bookended with tracks lifting riffs from Def Leppard ("Planet Riff") and Midnight Oil ("Warhead".) But in between is where the band really shines as they tune into a New York punk rock groove similar to what groups like D Generation played at their best, and the highlights are really bright ones: "Internal War," "Soulshaker" and the Guns N' Roses-meets-Motorhead sleaze-and-speed rock of "Subway Grinder" are all filled with searing guitar riffs and ominous lyrics that combine to give the music an air of danger. "Getaway," which owes a bit of a debt to Iggy Pop, is also an outstanding cut that comes straight from the mean streets, even though like many cuts here it also has a catchy chorus meant to sing-along to. A very solid effort that's built to last.

Razorbats - Camp Rock
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