has fostered many great bands and many shitty ones too, but today we will be talking about RAGING SPEEDHORN. If you ask me what the name means, I'm afraid you will get no answer. Fortunately listening to Heavy Metal doesn't require a master degree in the English language. To call RAGING SPEEDHORN great would be a little exaggerating, but on some occasion they rise to the heights of greatness, that's the reason I cared to write about them in the first place.
On a song like "Me And You Man" they are simply great and should be listened to everyone that likes it downtuned and catchy. The vocals must also be mentioned, they are my favourite part about the album. The vocalists, named Frank Regan and John Loughlin, share the vocals between them and makes sure the vocal part of the album never turns into boredom. The growled vocals that are used in the song "Scaramanga" is simply top notch. They are not used that much but when they kick in it really helps keeping it heavy, it must be heard. There are like 6 different vocals forms on "We Will Be Dead Tomorrow” and every one of them is very well done.
"Chronic Youth" is a more up-tempo drinking song that fits well in at a party. "We Will Be Dead Tomorrow" indicates that these guys forgot to take their anti-depressives and I'm happy they did. "Heartbreaker" shows a band that sees its future as a big black hole with no light penetrating. On "Fuck The Voodooman" their back on full attack with the strongest song on this album, the chorus of this song is some of most catchy pieces of Rock'n’Roll ever played. As you understand RAGING SPEEDHORN are quite varied in their approach, but they never leave their identity behind. Not all bands manage this task, to be both true to your sound and still interesting at the same time. Since I don't listen to this kind of music that often, mostly because I don't like the vocals, I can't name any bands comparable. So I'll just finish off by saying that this one is a very good record that should be checked out by anyone who can play it loud without getting their neighbours pissed off. (Online February 22, 2005)