Self Titled Ep
2.The Sickening Fanatical Mind
3. Light In The Sky
4. Waves (instrumental)
5. Waters Of Judgement
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“Excuse me Sir. I am of the impression that you have recently downloaded material in reference to a religion of one kind or another.”
Upon listening to the aforementioned six tracks for the first time I am pleased to say I am pleasantly surprised. Within the next twenty–eight minutes or so, that this EP spans, I can clearly envision influences pulled from the likes of Death and (ironically enuf) Atheist. Thrash like riffs are interwoven skillfully with slower melodies displaying impressive musicianship from a band whose oldest member appears no older than twenty-five (at a stretch).
The introduction Transparence leads malevolently into the second track, The Sickening Fanatical Mind, which may initially be confused for sounding something similar in ilk to a Trivium track, albeit fleetingly. Throughout this track the pace switches from an up tempo beat to a slower more relaxed melody impressively and seamlessly. At one point during the song the riff structure breaks down into a more traditional mid tempo rhythm (mosh pit anyone?) found in many a metal track. This is hardly a complaint, it works well as does the song overall.
Light the Sky is the third track. It is an enjoyable chunk of metal with my only concern that at times the drums and vocals seem a tad too heavy in the mix. The pacing is quick and the riffs gallop along with some impressive leads and solos.
Waters of Judgement has a unique and imaginative opening initially sounding as if performed under a great body of water. I can detect a slight Sylosis influence here. Chunky and thrashy riffs, catchy rhythms and impressive solos make this my favorite track and one I will gladly place on future thrash play lists.
In a pinch I would place this release in the prog-metal/thrash genre, though saying that, genres have become awfully convoluted recently. It’s commonplace for a band to experiment, breaking genre boundaries wily-nily as they strive to find their own particular niche. I won't be stepping out on a limb here by stating that fans of Sylosis, Atheist, Death and even Cynic will relish and devour this release as the guitar work and rhythms will appease and appeal to all styles found in releases by those aforementioned bands.
With an initial release as solid as this I can but only expect a release of cataclysmic proportions in the near future.
Listening to Vulgate’s self titled Ep one word popped into my head and stuck the whole way through: Contrast. Cult told me when he sent me the link to Vulgate’s Ep that he thought they sounded a bit like a cross between Death and Atheist (which made us both laugh at the irony since Vulgate is latin for bible) and after listening to it I don’t think my Scribblin partner could have been to much closer to hitting the nail on the head. According to their Facebook info (which you can read on the link) says that Vulgatestarted life as a thrash band but have decided to move in a slightly different direction with this self titled release. I won’t lie and say I’ve heard their previous work so I’ll take their word for it. I started my journey into metal as a thrash lover so if they had stayed that course I would have been perfectly happy but I’m glad to see these young Brits attempt to forge their own path.
The third track Light In The Sky shows off some of Vulgate’s thrash roots once again with riffage that reminded my of early Exodus before adding contrast once again from heavy to a proggy interludes once again. This contrast is important and lost on many bands that have been at it much longer than Vulgate has. Those mellow proggy interludes give the heavier thrash/death metal parts much more weight and, at least for this metalhead, keep me interested for the whole album. Vulgate gives you no time to get bored. After ‘Light’ comes the instrumental Waves which lets you relax and take a little break before the blistering closer, Waters Of Judgement, comes in to rip your nuts off and leave you begging for more.
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