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Sunday Old School: Pissing Razors

Believe it or not, oh young headbangers, groove metal doesn't begin and end with Pantera. Exhorder are of course cited as one of the great progenitors of the style, as are King's X, while other popular bands such as Sepultura and Prong also took on the design. Though perhaps not the most famous of metal's many sub-genres, groove metal nonetheless produced it's own legends and cult favourites, one of which began life in El Paso, Texas and went by the suitably brutal name of Pissing Razors.

The band was formed in 1994 by brothers Danny and Eddy Garcia, originally using the moniker Back Door Cyclops and were joined in their endeavour by vocalist Loco McNutt, who is credited with coming up with coming up with the change of the name, after he allegedly caught the clap after visiting a Mexican brothel, describing the condition as "pissing razors." His time with the band, much like that of Danny Garcia, was short lived and both decided to quit around 1996, at which point Eddy Garcia switched from guitar to drums and brought on board singer Joe Rodriguez and bassist Rick Valles, while bassist Matt Lynch moved to guitar.

With a new lineup in tow, the band sent out demos all over the world, eventually gaining the attention of German founded company Noise Records, whose L.A. branch offered the quartet a deal in 1997. The following year, the group released their self-titled debut album, to a mostly very positive response, with listeners often describing the group as a cross between Pantera and Fear Factory. The praise continued for their sophomore album, "Cast Down the Plague," which followed a year later.

"Cast Down the Plague" would be their last (to date) album with Lynch, as after the band contributed a cover of "Domination" to a Pantera tribute album, decided to leave the band, as heavy touring took an emotional toll and he wanted to spend more time with his wife and child. In his place came Cesar Soto, Lynch's guitar tech, who made his recording debut with the band on their third record, "Fields of Disbelief," which was released in 2000. It was to be another landmark for the band, as it was both their last with Noise Records and the last to feature Joe Rodriguez on vocals, who quit due to financial strains and like Lynch, a desire to spend time with his family.

In Rodriguez's place came Jason "Dewey" Bragg, who would only stay with the group a short while, but long enough to record the album, "Where We Come From," which was released in 2001 through Spitfire Records. Initial response to the album was very positive from fans, who saw it as a step above "Fields of Disbelief." After only one tour, conflicting personalitiies led the group to fire Bragg and bring in local singer Andre Acosta. In addition to this, Cesar Soto also left the band and joined the short lived project Fuelled II Fire, which also included Matt Lynch and Joe Rodriguez.

He was replaced by Matt Difabio whose first release with the band was the live album, "Live in the Devil's Triangle," which was met with a mixed response, as some fans didn't take to the new vocalist. The reception to the new members seemingly didn't get any warmer, as their next album, "Evolution" was met with negative to lukewarm reviews and fan reaction. After a short tour in support of the record, Pissing Razors announced in 2004 that they had come to an end, with members of the band going on to join and form other projects.

However, in 2014, the band announced that they had reformed, with the lineup comprising of Eddy Garcia, Matt Lynch, Joe Rodriguez and new bassist Geo Gomez. The group have plans to record and release new material, though a of yet, no new music has surfaced and the band has not signed a new record deal. Fans of these Texan metallers will no doubt be keeping their fingers crossed that they can soon release another ferocious work that lives up to their legacy and keep the groove alive.

Pissing Razors - "Dodging Bullets"

Pissing Razors - "Mass Corruption"

Pissing Razors - "Sever the Ties"

Pissing Razors - "Vengeance Is Mine"

Pissing Razors - "Evolution"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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