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Razor

Formed: 1984
From: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Razor News

Below is our complete Razor news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Sunday Old School: Razor

In 2008, a highly anticipated documentary entitled, "Get Thrashed" was released on DVD. For those of you who bought it, you may remember a segment in the bonus features where Municipal Waste guitarist, Ryan Waste states that, "If you live in Canada there’s no reason to be pissed off. That band sounds so god damned pissed off." The group in question is one that formed in 1984 in Guelph, Ontario and who goes by the name of Razor. The band was fronted by singer Stace "Sheepdog" McLaren, who was joined in his metal endeavour by guitarist Dave Carlo, Mike Embro on drums and bassist Mike Campagnolo. They worked hard on creating their music, taking inspiration from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement and the blossoming thrash metal scene, eventually resulting in their self-financed and self-produced album, "Escape the Fire," which was released the same year, before they signed with Voice Records for another 1984 release, the "Armed and Dangerous" EP, which was also self-financed and quickly sold out of its 1200 pressings. The EP spread around the metal scene and garnered the band a deal with Canadian label, Attic Records.

Now on a proper label, Razor quickly recorded their official debut full length, "Executioner’s Song," which was comprised mostly of material from and written during "Armed and Dangerous." It was an underground hit and led to the band being considered one of the most extreme in Canada at that time. Although it was only released in April 1985, the band would release a second full length only six months later, in the form of the frankly excellent, "Evil Invaders," which is considered by many today to be a classic album in the thrash metal genre. The record spawned the bands first music video for the title track and helped them gain even more attention when they toured with such big names and cult favourites as Slayer, Venom and Motorhead in Canada and the United States. More...

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Just For Fun

Ten Worst Album Covers From Great Bands

In a special article at Noisecreep.com, you can check out their own list of the ten worst album covers from otherwise well respected bands (and Dragonforce.) Among the embarassing album covers are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Razor and Artillery. You can check it out by heading to NoiseCreep.com.

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The Exalted Piledriver Confirmed For Headbangers

The Exalted Piledriver has issued the following statement about playing at the 2009 Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany:

"It gives us great pleasure in our pants to announce that we will be returning to Europe next summer with our "UNSUCK THE CONTINENT TOUR" in support of our new album "METAL MANIFESTO". We have our first confirmed festival date: HEADBANGER'S OPEN AIR!!!

"There are many awesome bands on this bill including our metal-bro's RAZOR, the ever- powerful ENFORCER, the stunning JACOBS DREAM horde, the freakin' RODS!, the influential Tankard, the pounding Manilla Road, and classics Helstar and Angel Witch amongst other incredible bands. . . and it is our esteemed honour to share the stage with all of 'em!

"We'll keep you posted when we discover which day and time we'll be on at HOA, and continuing updates as we receive more date confirmations to post for our 'UnSuck The Continent' EuroTour '09."

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Divinity Issues Recording Update

Canadian metal band Divinity has issued the following statement about the recording of their upcoming album:

"We are currently deep in the muck of recording our new album, drums have been tracked and editing is nearly complete, then on to guitar tracking. Look for a new blog / videos with a lot more details and info on that very soon.

Also started booking some shows as part of a Spring mini-tour, dates so far:

March 26th - Wild Planet Music, Winnipeg - Manitoba Metal Fest AA show
March 27th - The Zoo, Winnipeg - Manitoba Metal Fest 18+ show

Thrash legends RAZOR will be headlining this one, Killer! Lots of of great bands on the bill. More dates will be announced as time goes on."

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Razor's The Evil Invaders Live CD Out Now

Rock Avenue Records has released RAZOR - The Evil Invaders Live featuring the Canuck thrash legends live in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, May 10th 1985. Although the cover art shows current singer Bob Reid, the album was recorded in 1985 in Toronto just after the release of the legendary Evil Invaders album.

According to a press release, "the CD features "ten cut-throat live tracks, plus three songs from from a 1984 demo. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide."

Recording line-up: Stace "Sheepdog" McLaren on vocals, Dave Carlo on guitars, Mike Campagnolo on bass and Mike Embro on drums.

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Former Sacrifice Manager Passes Away

Toronto metal icon Ray "Black Metal" Wallace has passed away after being in a coma following a brain aneurysm he suffered on November 15.

Ray managed SACRIFICE in the '80s/'90s and had close ties to Canadian metal legends ANVIL and RAZOR. He was also a local promoter, most recently organizing the original Rock 'N' Roll Heaven reunion party, and was working with Toronto's all-girl powerhouse SCARLET SINS.

Toronto music publicist Paula Danylevich, who had been a friend of Ray's for many years, has issued the following statement:

"It is with an extremely heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I deliver to all of Ray's friends the news we had all hoped we would never hear.

"At midnight tonight, Ray's mother, aunt and cousin, joined by nine of his friends including myself and the chaplin from Toronto Western Hospital held hands around Ray's bedside and prayed one last time for our friend and then said our final goodbyes. We popped the cork on a bottle of champagne and raised a glass to Ray in the waiting room as they prepared him for his journey.

"At 12:15am today Ray was taken to the operating room so that he could give the gift of life to MANY people. His organs will save many lives, something we know Ray would have wanted. He was the most selfless, giving person I have ever met.

"Arrangements for Ray's funeral will be announced shortly. Anyone wishing to donate to Ray's family in their time of need can find information on the 'Donations' thread on the 'ALL RIGHT THERE BLACK METAL' Facebook page or by emailing me directly at gr8pr@aol.com.

"For those of you who were unaware, Ray was the only person supporting his family and had recently moved home to take care of his mother and brother. His father, who suffered a stroke some time ago, has been in a nursing home since last year, and Ray was covering the expenses for this as well. Any donation amount will be so gladly appreciated by the Wallace family.

"I would like to extend my personal thanks to the 80+ friends who visited Ray over the past few days to support his family and to say their goodbyes. Ray's mother was comforted by the fact he had so many good friends.

"I would also like to personally thank the hospital staff in the ICU at Toronto Western Hospital, who were so supportive and flexible with the needs of his family and friends. The nursing staff were also amazed by the number of friends who supported his family. When his attending nurse asked me yesterday if Ray was a rock star, I just looked at him and smiled.

"God bless Raymond 'Black Metal' Wallace. He was one of a kind. He'll no doubt be running Heaven in no time! My heart is with all of you at this sad time."

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Ray "Black Metal" Wallace Suffers Burst Aneurysm

In tragic news, Toronto-based metal icon Ray "Black Metal" Wallace has had a serious medical emergency. He's had a long-time involvement in the music and entertainment industry. He managed SACRIFICE in the '80s/'90s and still runs Black Metal Management (with ties with Canuck legends RAZOR and ANVIL), most recently working with SCARLET SINS. He is also a local promoter, most recently booking original bands in on Thursdays at Rock & Roll Heaven. Earlier this year, he co-ordinated the Original Rock 'N' Roll Heaven Reunion party at Rok Boutique.

Ray had been complaining of an ongoing headache for a week. He collapsed at his home early Thursday, November 15th. His mother found him on the floor of his room unable to get up or move. He was however able to call out his mother's name, but with great difficulty, yet otherwise was unable to speak.

Paramedics rushed him to Centennial Hospital in Scarborough; his condition was deemed too critical for their facility, and he was transferred immediately to Toronto Western where they did surgery on Thursday evening.

An aneurysm located on the top of his head just back of the hairline, had burst. He is currently in an induced coma to aid the healing and control ongoing mini seizures and a fever. Ray is in critical condition. Doctors at this point in time do not know the extent of the damage that has been caused, however he is having ongoing CT scans and other medical tests. Although there is no way of telling at this point, Ray's doctors have told his parents that his chances of surviving are better than most due to their ability to get medical help quickly.

Ray is 43 years old.

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Montreal Metal Massacre Fest 2005 Details

The Montreal Metal Massacre fest 2005 will be held at Spectrum in Montreal on December 10th, at 6pm. Bands playing include RAZOR, PILEDRIVER, ANVIL, EXCITER, DBC, AGGRESSION, and LYING TRUTH. Tickets are $32,99 + tax in advance online at ticketpro.ca or by phone for Montreal: 908-9090. Outside Montreal: 1-866-908-9090. Tickets are also sold in stores such as:

In Montreal: Soundcentral, profusion, cdément, freeson.
In Quebec city: Rock star recs
In Ottawa: Vertigo recs
In 3 rivers: L'oreille cassée
At the door: $34,99 + tax

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