Erazor is a black/thrash-group from Germany, and this is their untitled debut full-lenght. They've released two demos prior to this untitled album as well, but I've come to hear neither of them. This album is available as a CD and an LP, both of which come with an identical track list.

The band's music could be described as an "evilized" version of Exodus and the like; somewhat melodic but harsh thrash metal with a dark, rough and organic sound, which makes the album sound powerful but still fittingly damp and underground. The aforementioned especially applies to the drums, which employ a tasteful amount of echo here and there. The bass pounds forward without amplifying the actual sub-frequencies that much, thus further amplifying the soundscape's harsh qualities and the pleasing, albeit usual, guitar distortion. The vocalist's hoarse and growly shouts sound equally usual as the guitar distortion, but share the similarly pleasing attributes as well; they sound honest and have a good amount of energy.

The band doesn't strive towards innovating something new, but they have enough of their own vision and concept to make the album appeal. The compositions remain interesting for their whole lenght, and, as the whole album, have decent dynamics and enough variation. The album just overall seems a tad too safe, which is understandable since this is Erazor's debut and they're just searching for their core personality. This safeness can be spotted through the soundscape lacking the final touch of smaller detail and personal characteristics that would make the album sound like Erazor instead of just anothed band, even though it's also clear that the group has given honest effort and dedication to their craft. The compositions just don't really lift off to achieve greatness, even though there's some occasional wilder parts that try to shed off the dust of security; for example the rocking solo and haunting bass patterns in the end of track three make me believe that this band is able to achieve something greater as soon as they've really mastered their style. The songs would plain need more contrast; good riffs aren't enough, even if there's some less held-back spices by the guitars, and even if the band sounds energetic.

Erazor needs to find ways to let go of the compositions in a manner that would really lift them off the ground. There's some effort already, especially by the guitarists, but these moments don't grab the listener's attention the way they should. The compositions are good, but need more power, energy, and detail - maybe a less dark and damp soundscape should be employed to give the songs some razor-sharp edge they'd need. Despite all the criticism, Erazor is a noteworthy name for people who are searching for actual content and personality in their black thrash metal instead of mindless copycats. They just need to rehearse more to really find the perfect balance and emphases between the instruments, and to learn how to make the vocals more effectively boost the compositions.

7+ / 10