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The RaZor Skyline / Press

“The range of sounds and influences is wider than ever before and the band left behind the description of being just an electro-gothic band. This time The Razor Skyline inserts wisely eastern tribal percussions, a lot more of 80's pop influences, some heavy guitar riffs, which they marvelously combine with their trademark sound that already consisted with lots of danceable pop rhytms, new wave and industrial influenced music, everything wrapped into an exqusite electro-gothic sounding output. I can't go past but noticing some Faith And The Muse and even Dead Can Dance tendencies. ”

“Electronic beats are mixed up with heavy guitars and tribal drums to create a lush set of sounds. It’s very melodic. It’s very dramatic. Yet, it’s very dark at some points but overall keep a very catchy tone throughout the songs. The band manage to build up some really interesting soundscapes and they have found a very strong voice to really work with it.”

“Throughout the album, the ethnic percussion adding just the right amount of flavor to the rhythms, while the electrified mix of synth and guitar is evocative of the likes of Clan of Xymox or even The Birthday Massacre. Complete with a largely faithful cover of The Eurhythmics’ “This City Never Sleeps,” Dark Water Oasis is certainly an album worth the nine-year-long wait since The Bitter Well and brings The Razor Skyline into its own with a sound that distinguishes itself just enough from the myriad of goth and electro/rock acts. If the band can further its progression with this eclectic mix of sounds, The Razor Skyline could stand as one of the genre’s most memorable entities.”

“it is very hard to pick just a couple of songs that stand out. But this is a good thing, in my opinion. From the opening ominous synths of “Vittoria” to the closing jingle bells of “The Longest Night of the Year” (yes, you read that right: “jingle bells”), Dark Water Oasis never fails to hold your interest, and it also never fails to grab your attention in a vice-grip that would have your ears smiling constantly if ears had mouths. Give this album a whirl and I’m sure you’ll be overjoyed. I can’t recommend it enough!”

“A mix of sounds old and new to The Razor Skyline, but which should strike chords instantly with darkwave fans, combine to make for a rich and enjoyable listen. I’d go so far as so peg Dark Water Oasis as my favourite of The Razor Skyline’s four LPs. They’re offering a great mix of old and new on Dark Water Oasis, and gauging your personal reaction is well worth the time and money.”

“The album brings to light a slightly different twist with an Middle Eastern tribal influenced sound mixed with their solid electro-goth style. Spanning ten solid tracks, this latest offereing on COP International is a nice gem. If you've previously been a fan of this band, then you'll love this great new album, still maintaining their edge, yet adding a little icing on top. For those new to the band, this is a great addition to anyone's collection, featuring some great, emotionally charged, electro-goth music.”

“This band still has a huge potential, "Sahara" being the ultimate illustration of their talent. We here are in front of the perfect gothic song featuring a great vocalist, cool guitar parts and an efficient tribal rhythmic. Other cuts like "Vittoria", "We The People" and "View Of Paradise" are similar tracks and divine experiences. Now and then we also perceive a kind of Eastern touch giving some extra spice to the songs. The most significant and even outstanding song is a cover version of The Eurythmics' "The City Never Sleeps". This song is not gothic at all, but a poignant and sensual cover of one of the most legendary songs of The Eurythmics. The Razor Skyline is back with a new line-up and a different sound. It's up now to the listeners to make up their mind, but "Dark Water Oasis" has the potential to put the band back on the international map of gothic music.”

“Do you wish you could combine your love of belly dance with your love of electric guitars? Dark Water Oasis is for you. The Razor Skyline’s fusion of modern Western sounds and more traditional Middle Eastern ones creates a really unique opportunity for fusion dancers who aren’t afraid to combine their raks with rock. The intro to “Sahara” will have you fusing shimmies with headbanging before you know it. And for those of you with a dark side, the haunting vocals and electronic elements in many of the songs give a deliciously Gothy feel to the music. Middle Eastern drums are recognizable in several songs, and zills as well, which makes the album perfect for someone looking to branch out and dip their toe into something new without losing the traditional belly dance aesthetic entirely. Some of the songs are slower than others, and might be good for warmups or drills or for an ethereal performance piece. I thoroughly enjoyed this album, both for casual listening and for dance.”

“Like all of the COP stable, the Razor Skyline defies easy categorization, weaving together their own unique style out of the skeins of industrial, darkwave, gothic and surprisingly, new wave. It is their ability to to compose unforgettable new wave melodies, then bind them to modern sounds that marks the Razor Skyline’s greatness. When the Buzzcocks sung of a nostalgia for an age yet to come, they were referring to the Razor Skyline.”

Jo-Ann Greene - Goldmine

“The Razor Skyline exploits the possibilities of contrasting and complementing electronic mechanization, danceable beats, hard guitars, gothic keyboards and melodramatic operatics. Much of the music is familiar, but it becomes renewed and gratifying with its reintegration into more modern hybrid formats. Another solid effort from COP International.”

Bryan Reesman - Magnet

“The Razor Skyline unleashes heavy beats, dark distorted guitars and angst ridden, but soothing female vocals. It doesn’t get much better than this. The Razor Skyline may be the best electro-goth band around.”

Outburn

“In a genre that seems to encourage derivation and imitation, the RaZor Skyline manage to sound fresh. This is probably because they’ve been able to mix their digitally dirty 90’s sounding guitars with a good 80’s dance feel. There’s a bit of Toyah, some Belief era Nitzer Ebb and a big chunk of Propaganda going on.”

Kevin Rexroat - The Rocket

“We were given a listen to their 'Convergence' EP that was released last year and was happy to hear a massive wall of music with an equally massive voice with it. The three track EP is a promising taste of things to come. Their new album 'Dark Water Oasis' is due for release in the latter half of this year. The 'Convergence' EP consists of three tracks 'Vittoria', 'Sahara' and 'City Never Sleeps'. It can best be described as powerful, tribal goth rock with a club feel to it. ”

“TRS is a perfect amalgamation of two bands I enjoy: Abney Park and URN. It's not as world-beat acoustic as the former, but not as goth-metal as the latter. I'd go so far as to say that steampunks AND goths will love it. My favorite of the three tracks included is a little ditty called Sahara, which can be played at that link. I will be sure to follow their progress, and will attend any Dallas concerts they show up at. Rockin' music. ”

“The Razor Skyline distinguishes itself by a real personality making all comparisons difficult. Probably tormented, certainly gloomy. Some sharp guitars, and above all an almost lyrical and very much put forward female vocal; a clever mix for splendid melodies”

“The Razor Skyline once again show how much beauty there is to a dark world of misery. With the growing rise of mediocre darkwave bands, it is a sigh of relief to know that The Razor Skyline will be here to guide us. ”

“The crisp production, diverse songwriting and top-notch performances should cement the band's position in the modern goth-rock scene and beyond. ”

“The Razor Skyline is perfect for listeners who enjoy gothic vocals but are bored of the droning and yearn for the pulse of electronic beats. ”

“Gothic rock of the electro variety is the Razor Skyline's milieu, chock full of muscular beats, distorted guitar riffs, and sequenced keyboards.”

“The Razor Skyline is at the lonely top of its genre and, although already highly mature and skilled, it's almost scary to imagine what these talented musicians will offer us in the future. Another bright light in the goth/darkwave genre.”