MADHOUSE - RAZZLE DAZZLE 12" Vinyl LP Album

- Thrash Core

"Madhouse" unleashes the intensity of "Razzle Dazzle," a Crossover Thrash Core masterpiece presented on 12" Vinyl LP Album. Hailing from Paris, France, this band's ferocious blend of thrash and hardcore echoes through the tracks. Active from 1990 to 1993, "Razzle Dazzle" is one of Madhouse's two official studio albums, encapsulating the band's brief but impactful presence. A relic from the French thrash metal scene, this album remains a testament to Madhouse's dynamic sound.

 

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MADHOUSE's "Razzle Dazzle": A Thrash Core Relic from 1990s France
Album Description:

MADHOUSE's "Razzle Dazzle": A Thrash Core Relic from 1990s France In the heart of Paris's thriving 1990s thrash metal scene, MADHOUSE emerged with their debut album, "Razzle Dazzle." This 12" vinyl LP, released in 1990, stands as a testament to the band's unique blend of thrash and hardcore, known as thrash core.

Historical Context

The late 1980s and early 1990s saw a global surge in thrash metal, with bands pushing the boundaries of speed, aggression, and social commentary. MADHOUSE, formed in 1988, quickly found their footing in this landscape, tapping into the raw energy and angst of the era.

Musical Exploration

"Razzle Dazzle" is a sonic assault, showcasing MADHOUSE's relentless energy and technical skill. The album's tracks are a whirlwind of fast tempos, aggressive riffs, and shouted vocals, capturing the essence of thrash core. Songs like "Get Down on It" and "Control Myself" exude a rebellious spirit, while "Felix the Cat" and "Rooster Land" offer a playful, albeit chaotic, counterpoint.

Music Genre: Thrash Core

Thrash core, a subgenre of thrash metal, emerged in the late 1980s, combining the speed and aggression of thrash with the raw energy and DIY ethos of hardcore punk. MADHOUSE's "Razzle Dazzle" is a prime example of this fusion, showcasing the band's ability to seamlessly blend the two genres.

Production Team and Recording Studio

"Razzle Dazzle" was produced by Douglas Lee and Ralf Hubert, who captured the raw energy of MADHOUSE's live performances. The album was recorded at Phoenix Studio in Herne, Germany, a renowned studio known for its work with various metal bands.

Music Genre:

ThrashCore

Thrashcore, also known as fastcore, is a subgenre of hardcore punk that emerged in the early 1980s. It's characterized by its incredibly fast tempos, aggressive vocals, short song lengths, and occasional use of blast beats. It bridges the gap between hardcore punk and thrash metal, incorporating elements from both genres.

Album Production Information:

The album: "MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle" was produced by: Douglas Lee, Ralf Hubert

Ralph "Ralf" Hubert

In the world of heavy metal history, certain individuals emerge as true architects of the genre's sonic landscape. One such luminary is Ralph "Ralf" Hubert, a versatile talent whose impact on heavy metal, both as a producer and a musician, remains indelible. Known for his pivotal role in shaping the Teutonic Metal sound of the 1980s, Hubert's multifaceted career spans across production, sound engineering, bass playing, and co-founding a record label.

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Ralph Hubert's journey into the realm of heavy metal began as a producer, sound engineer, and sound mixer. His adept skills were employed in crafting the albums of numerous iconic bands, contributing to the vibrant tapestry of the metal scene during the genre's golden era. Bands such as Brainfever, Steeler, Fact , Warlock , and Living Death , among others, bear the imprint of Hubert's production prowess. His influence extended to an extensive roster, including Atlain , Stormwind , Darxon, Hunter, Lions Breed, Metal Sword, Overdose, Breaker, Mad Butcher, Carrie , Invader, Holy Moses , Siren, Target, Kreator, and Sacred Chao.

It was during this era that Hubert's touch became synonymous with the Teutonic Metal sound, a subgenre characterized by its raw intensity, powerful riffing, and uncompromising attitude. As a producer and sound engineer, Hubert played a pivotal role in shaping the sonic identity of the 1980s metal scene, leaving an indelible mark that resonates to this day.

Beyond his contributions behind the mixing console, Ralph Hubert also showcased his musical prowess as a bass player. Under the alias "Björn Eklund," he held down the low end with the influential band "Mekong Delta" from 1985 onwards. This collaboration allowed him to express his musicality and contribute to the band's unique sound. His bass-playing finesse further extended to other projects, including Schwarzarbeit and X-Mas Project, showcasing his versatility as a musician.

Not content with merely influencing the musical landscape, Ralph Hubert ventured into the realm of entrepreneurship. In 1986, he co-founded "Aaarrg Records," a label that played a significant role in amplifying the voices of emerging metal acts. This endeavor solidified Hubert's status as not just a contributor to the metal scene but also as a catalyst for its growth and evolution.



This album was recorded at: Phoenix Studio, Herne , August 1990

Record Label Information:

Semetery Records

Album Packaging:

This album "MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos.

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram 

Year & Country:

1990 Made in France
Track Listing of: "MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle"

The Songs/tracks on "MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle" are

  1. Donbi 05:47
  2. Get Down on it 03:57
  3. She doesn't Like Cerveza 03:24
  4. Control Myself 03:40
  5. Felix the Cat 03:34
  6. Rooster Land 05:46
  7. What does that Mean (Love?) 03:27
  8. Party in Jay's Mind 02:42
  9. Chilian Beaches 03:00
  10. Distressed 05:39
  11. Beer - Skate - Fuck 00:55

 

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Photo Of The Back Cover MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle Crossover Thrash 12" Vinyl LP Album

 

MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle Crossover Thrash 12" Vinyl LP Album back cover

First Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle Crossover Thrash 12" Vinyl LP Album

Large black and white photo of the Madhouse band on the custom inner sleeve

Large black and white photo of the Madhouse band on the custom inner sleeve

Second Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle Crossover Thrash 12" Vinyl LP Album e

Complete lyrics of all the songs on "Razzel Dazzle" printed on the custom inner sleeve

Complete lyrics of all the songs on "Razzel Dazzle" printed on the custom inner sleeve

Close up of Side One record's label MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle Crossover Thrash 12" Vinyl LP Album

"Razzle Dazzle" Record Label Details: Semetery Records

"Razzle Dazzle" Record Label Details: Semetery Records

Side Two Close up of record's label MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle Crossover Thrash 12" Vinyl LP Album

 

Side Two Close up of record's label MADHOUSE - Razzle Dazzle Crossover Thrash 12" Vinyl LP Album