German speed metal vendettas Vulture strike the iron while its hot, as the old saying goes, so just two years after the success of their debut album The Guillotine that took the underground world by the throat with its sheer intensity they are back with their second full lenth entitled Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves. But for this time they have chosen almighty Metal Blade as their partner in crime, so hopefully their message will be spreat out more with the help of this big label. Fear not, as this more has not changed Vulture in any commercial way… but there are some changes to be completely honest. While The Guillotine was non stop ripping assault going for the jugular, Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves takes a bit more sophisticated approcah but take these words with a grain of salt and filtered through Vulture vocabulary. They have infused larger doses of melody and mid tempo breaks, adding in that way on memorability of the material and giving the album purest heavy metal flavor. In my opinion it has blessed the music with some nice touch of needed versatility, keeping in mind that Vulture’s genre is a bit narrow by definition it is nice to make such moves just to keep things fresh for the listener. The core of the music, of course, remains the same as it ever was: Vulture still sounds like they haven’t heard a single album unleashed after 1990, and as if they all sleep dressed in chains and leather… Vulture simply lives and breathes for old school metal and that shows in their music, and album like Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves could not be made by some quasi retro posers who buy heir old T shirts on ebay. So the final verdict is that Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves is one more great release for this horde, and it will keep them at the forefront of this scene for a long time.
- Metal Blade Records CD
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