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Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: Vulture - Victim To The Blade

Paul Balloff is alive! At least that was what I thought when I listened to this four-track EP by first-timers of Vulture. The band started just last year in the Nord-Rhine Westphalia region in Germany featuring members of several other acts like Quintessence, Bulldozing Bastard, Luzifer, Hellhunt and Wifebeater. Oh wait! As if the Paul Balloff’s influence on the vocals was not enough, it is a German band playing US Bay Area thrash metal. Now I am very intrigued.

The first track on the EP takes its title from the band’s name. A song that could easily be on Exodus’ Bonded by Blood or Slayer’s Show No Mercy. And that is a hell of a compliment. D.T.D (Delivered to Die) has a very nice opening riff, less thrashy and more straight heavy metal. The vocals of L. Steeler show a more aggressive approach and the guitar work of M. Outlaw and S. Genözider (also the drummer) is really shown. Next one is the title track of the EP, Victim to the Blade, and it continues to showcase the great work done by the guitar duo. Riffs, leads and solos are all well written and executed. The last song is a cover of Judas Priest’s Rapid Fire, but instead of playing it like Judas would, Vulture makes the song their own. If you listen without careful attention, you may not even notice it is a Judas Priest song.

Victim to the Blade was supposed to be only a demo record as a preparation for a proper release, but High Roller Records was keen to release it in CD and 12” vinyl. I am glad they did. Now they can reach a broader audience and create a lot more of anticipation for their debut album. It is definitely a band I will keep an eye on.

1. Vulture
2. D.T.D. (Delivered To Die)
3. Victim to the Blade
4. Rapid Fire (Judas Priest cover)

L. Steeler – Vocals
S. Genözider - Guitars, Drums
M. Outlaw – Guitars
A. Axetinctör - Bass

Written by Anderson Tiago

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