September 6, 2007


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Raging Speedhorn, Before the Sea Was Built
Steamhammer/SPV Records, Sept. 11
Not to bum you out too much, but we’ve reached the point in the coverage of mass-marketed table-saw-metal records where most criticism of albums should consist of nothing more than bullet points of what a band is or isn’t, rather than fantasy scenarios thrown at a wall willy-nilly (“Beelzebub Goat Herder’s skull-cracking new album is a sumo wrestler beating on your grandma and WINNING BY A MILE!”). That’d be the best way to help average record-buyers navigate their way through the hype when all the kiddies are listening to one or two bands in particular and vigorously feigning enthusiasm about the rest, whether or not the popular bands appear chosen at random (see Cannibal Corpse). British six-piece Raging Speedhorn are organic in the sense that they sound like organic people made of genuine USDA meat and sinew playing the instruments, ever the welcome respite — for punks, anyway — from all those music-school dropouts nailing every metronome-perfect hyperbeat. Beyond that, they’ve got this Black Flag thing going on that makes you believe the hype about their dreadful childhoods in flat-broke Corby, UK. Oh, and they’re like a tree fight between two King Kongs, and stuff. CEric W. Saeger.