VERBAL RAZORS – By Thunder And Lightning

VERBAL RAZORS - By Thunder And Lightning
  • 7.7/10
    VERBAL RAZORS - By Thunder And Lightning - 7.7/10


Deadlight Records
Release date:  March 13, 2020

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Despite being around since 2009, it’s not easy finding information on Verbal Razors.  What is know is that the group hails from Tours, France and they describe their sound as Thrash Crossover.  Verbal Razors has shared the stage with bands Municipal Waste and Trash Talk, and has performed sets at Hellfest Open Air and the Outbreak Festival.  By Thunder And Lightning is their third full-length album and the first under Deadlight Records.

Verbal Razors manage to cram 13 intense songs into just 33 minutes.  The album’s title track “By Thunder and Lightning” is a multi-tempo thrasher with a slow, ominous intro that builds to a rapid fire drum and guitar attack.  A crunchy guitar riff leads the charge on “We Are Rats.”  Just as you’re starting to bang your head along with it, the track ends abruptly.   Verbal Razors vents about how the system is unfair on “Riot;” a track that could surely cause a few.  “Trash” recalls early Metallica/Megadeth/ Slayer recordings with heavy riffs, fast guitar licks, and faded vocals trying to cut through.   Speaking of vocals trying to cut through, this is an issue throughout the album.  The backing band is just so dominating that it’s tough to make out what vocalist Simon Geoffroy is saying. “Love Song” is the complete opposite of endearing.  Of course, if it were, it would really slow things down.  “Party Mate,” “Lazer,” and “Alcohol” keep the album’s momentum going right to its fiery end.

Everything about this album screams early 1980’s Thrash Metal.  It’s all there; angry political lyrics, shredding guitars at breakneck speeds, DIY production values, killer album artwork, and pure raw energy.  It only makes sense Verbal Razors took their name from an Exodus song.  By Thunder And Lightning is a fitting homage to Thrash legends that paved the way.  If only the vocals weren’t buried so much in the mix.



  1. By Thunder And Lightning
  2. We Are Rats
  3. Riot
  4. Trash
  5. Jump Into Dead End
  6. Water Drop
  7. The House
  8. Love Song
  9. Order By Kicks
  10. Cross The Line
  11. Party Mate
  12. Lazer
  13. Alcohol (Only on CD & LP)


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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