Raging Speedhorn - _Raging Speedhorn_
(Green Island, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (8.5 out of 10)
There are definite parallels to be drawn between the frustrated, aggressive noisemaking of Corby's Raging Speedhorn and the similarly happiness-allergic works of Iron Monkey. This is not to say that Raging Speedhorn ape (sorry, but that pun was irresistible) or replace the now-defunct and much revered former-Earache act, but Raging Speedhorn's intense, sludgy, aggression-venting pound does evoke memories of Iron Monkey at their bruising best, and in the most respectful, reverential way I can see possible. Finally releasing their fury onto plastic after getting over 200 gigs under their collective belt was a refreshingly mature decision which has paid serious dividends; Raging Speedhorn display the confidence that comes from having "tested" your material time and time over before putting it onto record; I wish more bands had their patience. The duelling vocals may not make the band out-of-ordinary as one might expect, but maybe that's good; Raging Speedhorn don't have a gimmick, instead they have a pounding, "physical" sound which almost literally jumps out and smacks you right in the face.

(article published 8/12/2000)


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