The cherry on top is Citrone's vocal howl, a precise instrument that's both primal and melodic. Citrone could have probably gotten away with just tunelessly ripping over these songs, because the riffs are that good, but he is compelled to push the band into more tuneful territory. "I've really made my job difficult for myself by pushing my singing. I mean, anyone can get up there and scream if they want to, but I just really love melodic singing — people who do interesting things with their voices, who add personality. Probably my favorite singer of all time is Sebastian Bach; I love him, I love the character in his voice. Same with Chuck Billy of Testament. The way that they both took extreme stuff, sandwiched it in the more melodic elements, and made something new."

The upcoming album has been a labor of love for several years, with the band going through two different pre-production iterations before finally going into a "real" studio earlier this year. If that seems like a lot of attention to detail for a thrash album, it is — but the end result may be more than just a thrash album, and that will suit Razormaze just fine. "We're all about paying attention to what we're doing, and really worshipping the riff," Citrone says. "Worshipping it! We're paying attention to every single note that's in the riff, it's what we pride ourselves for."

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