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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.