1. Gun For Hire
2. Crazy For Rock And Roll
3. Backdoor Man
4. Lawbreaker
5. Cold Rain
6. Hallelujah
7. Going Down
8. Drive-By Shooter
9. Payment Day
10. As Loud As You Can

Peter Ucik – bass
Tom Schaupp – vocals, guitar
Ulf S. Gokeler – drums
Wolle Heieck – guitar, vocals

Rock And Roll Hero (2012)
Sons Of Guns (2014)

Diggin' For Gold (2017)



Released 2019-02-08
Reviewed 2019-03-02


Razzmattazz release their fourth album called Hallelujah and for the third time Hallowed has been giving their new album several spins through the music players. This despite them not really impressing us so far, but who knows, anything is possible and the last album was quite alright despite not really rocking the music world. This new album doesn’t look too fantastic from the cover and that thing but we all know that you shouldn’t judge the book by its cover so how about it? Is it better than the previous? Is it more exciting?

Musically it is AC/DC styled rock music, nothing to elaborate and nothing really inventive. Nostalgic rock in the vein of bands like Bonafide or Bullet if you wand some contemporary examples and they offer the usual variation for an album by such a band. There are no surprises here, the gruff rock vocals and the rougher edges are all here. They play the nostalgia card, much like many other bands do and some do it better and other do it less good. Music for the old geezers who dreams and longs for better times that they believe existed in the past. I think that it is rather boring actually and completely uninteresting from a creative viewpoint.

I can’t say that I am impressed by what I hear and I can’t really say that I think it is good. It is quite boring nostalgic rock, nothing fancy or creative. And it is absolutely nothing that stands out or feels surprising, just one more of those albums that has been done to death already, done to death over and over even. The previous album was better I think, better songs perhaps or just slightly more interesting while this album is mostly a boring parade of lame songs with a romantic view on a past that wasn’t particularly impressive. Every time I hear this album I cannot help but thinking that I have heard it done better by others in the past.

Perhaps it is for the nostalgic and for those who have liked the earlier albums by Razzmattazz, if you are one of those it could be wise to check out this album. For the wider audiences I think there are wiser choices that are less uninteresting and far less boring. I would say that the best use for this album is to Frisbee it into the trashcan.





Label: 7Hard
Three similar bands: AC/DC /ZZ Top/Bonafide

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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