makes my skin crawl" growls Phil Collen. The debut single by Man-Raze is
a steamroller of a song. The clever intro allows Phil, Paul, and Simon to kick
in and announce their presence individually, before taking off in a grinding fashion
that should satisfy fans of all three musicians. A well structured song with its
feet very much in the genre labeled Rock, it counterbalances an ear splitting
chorus with a menacing verse. Paul's drumming is reminiscent of his work with
The Chiefs Of Relief and forms the basis of the thundering production.
So Wrong is a powerful, more traditional rock song with a Glam Rock tinge. Phil
uses the multi-layered, dense backing, to display some guitar wizardry that would
sit effortlessly on a Def Lepard record.
Skin Crawl promo)
Me Up (Instrumental Dub) sees the band showing their skills in delivering a reggae
tune. Some great bass and spot on skanking drumming give the song its overall
style, while bursts of Phil's guitar give it a rock leaning. The Ruts' Jah War
springs to mind, which is no bad thing. This song was performed live at The Spitz
gig in September, and showed they can throw a reggae song into mix, and pull it
Crawlers Mix of Skin Crawl is a neat way of closing the maxi-single, making use
of the component sounds to deliver a significant departure from the standard mix.
There is a cool fade early in the mix to look out for as well.
is not just a group of mates having a laugh; it's a serious endeavour. That's
why they have self financed the project, and that's why they have produced such
an impressive debut.
by Phil Singleton