Released: 2009, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Jim Nickles and his troops hit us back with their 10-song debut album, MOMENTS OF FEEBLE. The band released their self-titled 4-song EP last year on their own, and the fans of 90s style American death metal (ála Malevolent Creation mostly) were obviously the ones who basically found this very potential sounding American death metal act named Vile Vindiction.
All the 4 songs from their EP has also been included in MOMENTS OF FEEBLE, with the addition of 6 brand-new tunes that follow the same set masterplan to crush musically in the spirit of the past times that they started on their EP last year already. Of course Jim´s past experience as a guitarist, has much to do with that fact Vile Vindiction sounds much like they could have recorded their debut album during the 90s heyday of death metal. But that´s the great thing about Vile Vindiction that they can be able to cherish at least a little bit those gone & glory days of death metal.
Starting off the album with "Life Lost", which was one of those four songs on their EP they put out last year, you cannot go wrong with these lads once they start catapulting their songs from their death machine. Song after song, all are based on strong riffage fests, Slayer type short lead attacks, Kris´ immensely powerful death grunts, Vile Vindiction hammer down songs with such a convincing yet scary grip that one may start feeling an urgent need to throw some kudos on a silver plate toward their direction. This is the kind of American death metal I like a lot, and how it should be played - avoiding all these easy traps to sound too modern or too melodic, or just ultra-extreme and ultra-brutal death metal that many bands seem to be keen on doing these days. I also think it´s kinda odd that no label has picked up this fine American death metal band yet even if MOMENTS OF FEEBLE reeks of a bunch of some well-chosen quality words as far as playing death metal overall is concerned. What possible other heavy credentials would they need to convince label owners how damn good they are at what they are doing?
MOMENTS OF FEEBLE is a very strong sounding package of Malevolent Creation/Slayer-tinged death metal for which the Vile Vindiction can be really proud of - and naturally for a good enough reason.