2001’s Where We Come From was Pissing Razor’s fourth album in four years. It was the first release not to feature Joe Rodriguez on vocals, who is replaced here by Jason “Dewey” Bragg, the band’s shortest-serving singer.
The band decided to take things in a slightly different direction with this record. The song structures are simplified noticeably, the choruses are catchier and the guitar style has a lot more of a Nu Metal sound to it at times than on the previous records. There’s less thrashy material than ever before and D-Beat drumming is much less common here. Basically, this is a very stripped-down and streamlined version of stuff they’d been doing, with a less gruff vocalist and a different predominant riff style.
Material like “I’ve Tried” and “Cursed” is quite a departure from the material that the band started off playing at times and this is probably the band’s most accessible and most easily digestible record. Even the album’s length is briefer than usual. That being said, the band still retain enough of their identity that it still sounds like them.
There’s no arguing with a song like “Born To Serve.” When deciding whether or not to buy this record, make sure you first check out the opening riff to that song. Other highlights include “Opportunidad” which sees the band trying something new, and the album closer “World Of One” which is probably the closest thing on this album to the style of their earlier work.
Sometimes the band might have previously been a bit too heavy and too complicated for their target audience, and this album is a clear and obvious attempt to expand their audience. It is arguably a pretty good entry point to the band in a lot of ways, as it presents what they are about – angry, Southern, angular Groove Metal – in a slick and easy to swallow package, that tries harder than ever to be catchy.
Fans of Slipknot, American Headcharge and early Soulfly might find this album worth checking out, as well as fans of Pantera, Machine Head and Fear Factory.
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