thing that struck me was the excellent and dark cover artwork, the
next thing was the outstanding guitar work on the album. Mastermind
behind this riff-o-rama is English guitarist Edward Box, who has
created an album filled with traditional heavy metal.
Just like so
many other classic English bands Vendetta is operating with a
twin guitar attack and Pete Thomson is left enough room to shine on
his own and the rhythm section of Gary Foalle (bass) and Chris
Higgins (drums) lays down a solid foundation for songs. All of the
songs are very tight; we are clearly dealing with 4 skilful
musicians, who all know their way around their instruments.
As you might
have guessed I am closing in on the thing that really sets this
album a bit back: the vocals! Edward Box is handling them himself,
and man I wish he would have hired someone with more range, stamina
and talent. At times he sounds like a bad version of Biff Byford
(not a compliment), and his performance as a vocalist on this album
is my main concern about the album.
shame because there is a lot of cool traditional metal on this
album, but the mediocre vocals does spoil some of the fun. That put
aside you'll find a very solid and entertaining album with some
outstanding guitar leads and many good songs - overall a bright
start for Vendetta.