Review VULTURE ‘Dealin’ Death’

In a time, when many things are uncertain, one thing is certain: high-energy metal machine Vulture unleash a next album that reflects power and an uncompromising approach to metal, a blast you shouldn’t miss. The pandemic didn’t slow down anything at the Vulture camp when it comes the band’s relentless interpretation of furious heavy metal.

Vulture started in 2016 and the Dortmund-based powerhouse premiered in 2017 with ‘The Guillotine’. The journey continued with ‘Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves’ and an extremely snappy opening of the Rock Hard Festival 2019 edition.

Photo credit: Lea Heindl

Vulture, that stands for high velocity, a 100 mph musical fastball. ‘Dealin’ Death’ builds on this trademark and moves things onwards. The album reflects a band that worked on their newest delivery with an ease and a free mindset, leading to more nuances that are rolled out over the stretch of these 42 minutes. The added variety becomes apparent with tracks like ‘Gorgon’. The song, inspired by the mythos of Medusa, is kept in moderate pace, includes a Savatage-ish piano passage and reflects heavy metal with 100%. In contrast, the album starts off with the furious ‘Malicious Souls’. L. Steeler’s well placed high-pitch screams are very present as well as a riff axe-ecution in perfect shape.

‘Below the Mausoleum’ starts with a heavy pounding beat and a mighty riff. Trash metal is what is very present here and reminds of some of the Bay Area heroes. Drummer G. Deceiver swings the drum sticks with authority while the blistering twin guitars do their part of the job in great fashion.

That Vulture still knows how to play fast and furious is what the title track clearly indicates and the following ‘Multitudes of Terror’ is adding an extra level of speed to the mix. The latter though starts calmer and with a kind of prelude before hell breaks loose after a bit more than a minute.

‘Dealin’ Death’ is the so far most mature longplayer forged by the quintet from Dortmund, Germany. Vulture manage to capture the power of a wild-horse on their third longplayer, stay true to themselves and at the same time add extra layers to their music. And if the myth of the third album being the decisive one is true, the future of this quintet will be a glorious one.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Danger is Imminent
  2. Malicious Souls
  3. Count Your Blessings
  4. Gorgon
  5. Star-Crossed City
  6. Flee the Phantom
  7. Below the Mausoleum
  8. Dealin’ Death
  9. Multitude of Terror
  10. The Court of Caligula

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: May 21st, 20210

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