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I have to concur with the band's statement that "it's not loud and mundane" but is "enthralling and groovy".

German band Razzmattazz is back with their second album, 'Sons Of Guns'. I have to concur with the band's statement that "it's not loud and mundane" (a frequent complaint of mine in Hard Rock) but is "enthralling and groovy". Yes... yes it is.

'Down On My Knees' is full of laid-back, Bluesy Rock 'n' Roll. Vocalist Tom Schaupp has a scratchy but strangely infectious voice and he keeps things fresh and interesting; a real performer. 'Fuck You' really labours over the grooves and hooks; any revenge by this band is going to be delivered slowly and intensely. Throughout, there's this electricity in the music with a sense of conviction in the lyrics and stories they're telling. Schaupp chats flippantly to you in 'Don't Loose My Number' and they build texture precisely and Funkily. And, in case you were wondering, there is a key change and it works great.

'Bang Your Head' is a short and sweet, paired down sing-a-long relying on the pulsing rhythm section before an equally short but effective solo ripples out. Not every track is an instant winner; 'Kung Fu' and 'Demolition Man' are a couple of the less-catchy pieces, even though all the songs have the groove and character of the band. The vocals have a tendency to stay in a fairly limited range too and at times you wonder if you've heard this one before.

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'Honey Bunny' has cool attitude and 'Desperado' trades the attitude for something more Western styled and "rough-around-the-edges" before a pumping race-to-the-finish with 'Devil's Crotch'. The closing stages of the final track work the guitar and bass fantastically up to a tight, definitive ending.

There are bits of Buckcherry, ZZ Top and AC/DC all thrown in here, but what really comes through is the at-home nature of the band in the studio; the playing is loose yet technical, relaxed and rhythmically on point. Don't take my word for it though; go listen.

Sophie Brownlee

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