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Released: 2017, Massacre
Reviewer: John Haseltine
The fifth and latest release from veteran German thrashers, Vendetta is finally here. When I was told I could give this one a listen and review, I was genuinely excited. I remember Vendetta from back in the day. That day was the ‘80’s. Vendetta formed in 1984, but it was not until 1987 that they saw a proper release of GO AND LIVE…STAY AND DIE. They followed that up with what I feel was a somewhat influential and punishing thrash release, BRAIN DAMAGE. Their success was to be a bit short lived as the band parted ways around 1990 after a string of European tours.
Around 2000, Vendetta regrouped with all new members alongside original bassist, Klaus “Heiner” Ullrich. From there, they released two more albums. I’d hate to say they were sup-par, so I won’t. That brings us to their latest opus, THE 5TH.
In this day and age, we are seeing what some are calling a ‘thrash resurgence.’ Thrash has never really gone away so-to-speak, it just dug its way a bit more into the underground scene. Sure, many of the thrash titans we all know and love tried to lighten things up over the years. That cannot be blamed entirely on the bands themselves, but the labels they were trying to appease. Nonetheless, with bands like Overkill, Kreator, Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel, to name a few, still putting out relentless masterpieces, one could only hope that a veteran acts such as Vendetta would be right up there.
The opener, “Fragile”, is a mid-tempo thrash outing. It has its moments, but never really takes off as one might expect it to. “Let ‘er Rip” lands right on the mark in terms of a thrash song. The next track, “Deadly Sin” chugs along at a descent galloping pace for the first few measures before picking up the pace a bit for the rest of the song. The rest of the album is much of the same. Vendetta does seem to be giving an all-out effort here. There are many good tracks here, in the sense that it is a metal offering. If one is hoping for what Vendetta once was, it is something they do seem to be moving towards. It has its modern thrash elements mixed throughout. It is the acoustic album closer, while not a bad track is an acoustic ballad at the end of a fairly heavy release. I don’t get it.
I have rolled through this release a few times now over the past couple weeks. For the most part, I really wanted to like this more than I do. It is a good release, just not the thrash offering I was looking for. I guess I can be pretty picky when it comes to a good thrash album. I do feel THE 5TH deserves a listen so you can decide for yourself.
02. Let ‘er Rip
03. Deadly Sin
04. Agency of Liberty
05. The Search
06. The Prophecy
07. Shame on You
08. Religion Is a Killer
Mario Vogel - Vocals
Michael "Opf" Opfermann - Guitar
Frank Heller – Guitar
Klaus "Heiner" Ullrich - Bass
Thomas "Lubber" Krämer - Drums
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