Canadian thrash metal legends Razor return with Cycle of Contempt, their first new full-length album in 25 years.
Cycle of Contempt is out September 23.
From the catchy, concise riffs and insistent beats of album opener “Flames of Hatred” to the double-barreled assault, muted power chord chugging and combative gang vocal of album closer “King Shit”, Cycle of Contempt is a trenchant reminder of a time when clubs around the world were packed with long-haired bands that played as fast as they could to mosh pits that spun and tumbled like clothes in a short-circuiting dryer.
As energetic and exciting as “Evil Invaders” and as urgent and powerful as Razor’s 1989 speed-fest “Violent Restitution”, Cycle of Contempt showcases a band that never stopped spewing venom.
“I tried to write songs that everybody could listen to and say, “Yeah, I know a guy who’s done that to me or done this, or I know that situation. I can relate to that,” band founder Dave Carlo says. “And I didn’t want to make everything specifically about me because when you do that, you exclude people. I wanted to include everyone that’s ever felt pissed off about anything.”