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Vulture - Easier to Lie

When Honesty Became a Sought-Out Commodity - 79%

bayern, June 23rd, 2022

These Dutch vultures… a sincere batch overall, one of the oldest metal practitioners on Dutch soil as well, their early efforts courting the heavy/power metal panorama; very good music, with echoes of the US power metal scene on a string of demos, the latter stretching all the way to the late-80’s. Then a change of heart occurred, the band remaining in America music-wise, but throwing a lasting glance at the thrash cauldron in the Bay-Area, producing a truly awesome opus, think Forbidden’s first as a very good reference point.

However, the album reviewed here is not “Twisted into Form”. It’s a pretty decent effort, but the exuberant bursting speed/thrashing spirit of the preceding album is seldom felt, and is largely reflected in the excellent soaring moshing opener “Hatred at First Sight”, and certainly in the hectic technical closer “Forgive Us”. In-between these dynamic extrapolations the listener will come across heavy progressive chuggers (“Near Death”) with reverberations from “… And Justice for All”, optimistic proto-groovers (“Remember Me”), and bouncy hesitations between the old and the new school (“Backwards”) the guys clearly aware of the oncoming numetal trends, but still holding onto shreds of loyalty towards the classic tunes. The thing is that they’re really good at blending the two currents as both the title-track and “Alter Ego” show, the latter composition doing away with swathes of dazzling virtuoso lead sections, before heavy crushing rhythms overtake the scenery for one brisk technical (“Kicked from both Sides”) and one ponderous monotonous (“Greater Cause”) presentation.

Not bad at all overall, but well-measured and decidedly less spontaneous, the band trying to cheat both themselves and the audience that they’d remain on old school ground for their future endeavours with this mixture… it was clearly going towards a more fulsome surrender to the new sounds; if they had lasted longer that is, as this album here was obviously a go-between, trying to bind the two trends in a covertly sincere fashion. The thing is that the guys are very capable musicians, and a full groove/post-thrash affair was going to seriously undermine their skills, including the one of the vocalist whose attached semi-shouty clean/semi-clean tirades are the perfect fit for both sides of the spectre. That’s why it was probably for the better when they folded a year later, leaving a fairly cool legacy without ruining their reputation with a dishonest deceitful numetal tribute. They left those fatal games for the others, betting on their integrity and honesty, ultimately defying their predatory scavenging moniker.

And that lie would be that this is a half-decent album - 50%

Cushpnk, May 7th, 2021

Hoooly shit this album is filled to the brim with boring mid-tempo songs. Their previous effort had a couple of "thrashers", this album has none. Total snooze-fest. It's not like the technicality is impeccable or anything either. This slab of "music" fails on every single front. There are sludge songs faster than these tracks.

The first prerequisite of good thrash is speed. There is none to be found here, such a shame after their demos and debut album. I couldn't pick a highlight off of the album or pick them out from a group of bad thrash bands. Nothing sounds unique, everything is fabricated. There is no aggression, no energy, no spurs of thrashy goodness, no good thrash breaks, the riffs are very simple but unlike good simple thrash riffs, lack the impact that the early German/Brazilian scene had, the vocals are nothing special, and the solos don't do anything for me. The drums are just there, same thing with the bass. Very formulaic, not that there's anything wrong with that. Technical thrash is my jam, but these guys just fail so bad when it comes to execution. The music doesn't sound genuine at all. Absolutely none of the tracks are memorable.

I think even a 50% is generous for generic '90s thrash without soul. Maybe one of the worst Dutch thrash records. The only redeeming feature of this album is that it's the last flimsy record from this band. Do yourself a favor and skip this one, there are so many thrash albums much more venerable than it.

Excellent punishing thrash!! - 90%

SideShowDisaSter, September 8th, 2005

OH MY! Why in the world did this album, this band for that matter, not become huge?! This is heavy, pounding thrash of the highest order! The riffs, while fairly simple, are incredibly well done and very consistent throughout the whole album. The solos are all played well with plenty of shred, and a bit of harmony leads mixed in to add flavor. The bass can be heard absolutely pounding along giving the music loads of force. The drumming is flat out crushing in it’s mix of double bass assaults, cymbal crashes, blazing snare work and awesome fills. The vocalist is a wonderful highlight. He has one of those high pitched voices that go so well with thrash. His lyrics range from insanity, to pollution on to rage against censorship. Well thought out, not just spewing angst and fury. This band is very tight in their execution and focused in the delivery. And deliver they do!

Hatred At First sight just blisters as the opener! A sonic assault that never lets up. Blazing riffs and speedy drum work make this the perfect track to start off with. It grabs you by the neck and proceeds to throttle you into submission. Juicy little solo in the there.

Prepare yourself for a beating with the next track, Near Death. It’s a mid-paced song that stomps a mud hole in your speakers. The riffs are a slow and crushing, the drum work is punishing, the bass pounds out loud and the vocals are snarled out with loads of rage. ACCIDENT! INTENSIVE CARE! NEAR DEATH, STILL AWARE! Gotta love it! Oh, and there is a nice thrash break towards the end of the song.

Remember Me comes along next. A bit faster than the previous track, it too is a heavy piece. Nice bit of thrashing thrown in at the chorus. The riffs in this song could flatten a truck! There is a wonderful bit of acoustic work in the middle of the song.

Backwards comes out swinging with some pummeling riffs and pounding drums. This track rages against those saying bands have “hidden messages” in their music. And what a way to rage, might I add! Man, these guys can put a hook in a song.

Now we come to one of my personal favorites on the album. Easier To Lie is a ripping piece of thrash. Excellent riffs and precision drums, thumping bass and forceful vocals make this one powerful song. Love the lyric “Listen you old fool, this has gone far enough!” It’s just spit out with such force and aggression, it could get the blood pumping in a corpse! The execution is just amazing. Wonderful lead work as well.

Alter Ego is another heavy stomp-fest. It opens with some roaring, chainsaw riffs. Another one of those tracks that just beats you into submission. Soaring vocals highlight this one. Man, I can’t get enough of this!

One could be fooled by the beginning on Kicked From Both Sides. There is almost a bouncy feel to the first little bit before the band begin the thumping. Don’t let it fool you, this is another pounding effort! It has a cool thrash break for the chorus. The intro is somewhat repeated towards the middle, but it is much more biting and loses that odd bounce it seemed to have at the beginning. It’s followed by a tasty little bit of shred.

Greater Cause is, IMO, the weakest track here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad by ANY stretch, it’s just not as heavy, or catchy as everything else. It’s no filler though. Just takes a bit of getting used to. The vocals are slightly more melodic here as well. It starts off with some acoustic work then has a bit of heavy riff work. It has a pretty cool spoken word bit before the vocalist begins. Pretty good thrash break in the middle. Like I said, it isn’t filler!

Closing out the album on a thrashing note, we get Forgive Us. A heavy track that seeks to punish everything and everyone in it’s way. This one just rips!

This is just an excellent album in all aspects. I suppose the fact that they were on a smaller label in Europe is the reason they didn’t break out huge. This album is incredibly hard to find, but if you do, pick it up! It is MORE than worth it. Fans of thrash are doing themselves a huge injustice by not owning this one.