How The Great Have Fallen
6/25/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Raging Speedhorn - How The Great Have Fallen - 2005 - SPV
"How The Great Have Fallen" marks the group's third record to date and first for label SPV and North America. After creating a stir in their country and touring with UK OzzFest, Raging Speedhorn now has an American audience. It will be interesting to see how fans react to this one, with so much chaotic energy on display here. The band never quite gets in the groove that I like, with my stoner doom niche really sticking to the more traditional of doom and gloom. But the band do hit some monumental strides here, especially with "Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down", a wicked trip through the most frenzies of Sabbath wrenchings. The group also seem to pull off the dirtiest of hard rock sounds, clearly evident on "Master Of Disaster" and "Slay The Coward". But for the most part the band just builds on an un-organized frenzy, almost too messy for their own good. Cuts like "Fuck You Pay Me" and "A Different Shade Of Shit" just border on mindless. But for those of you into groups like Mastodon and High On Fire, then this will be an asset if anything.
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