Released: 2006, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
It´s a known fact that Arkansas is known for the giant clear-water lakes the Ozarks and breath-taking The Ouachita Mountains. But since Metal-Rules.com isn´t known as any travel guide for tourists for some entertaining outdoor activities, but for some metal instead, let´s limit this review strickly to metal and talk about Arkansas´ greatest hopes for some pummeling Death Metal, Vore if that´s alright with you dear people? I thought so...
Vore´s world domination began in 1994 when the band was formed by Pete Townsley (vocals/guitars) and John Voelker (vocals/guitar). This dynamic duo was later completed by Jeremy Partin for bass and Remy Cameron for bass who replaced Brian Marcinkiewicz and Glen Wheeler from the L.O.T. line-up. Since the beginning of the band, the guys have released 3 self-financed CDs; DEAD KINGS EYES in 1997, LORD OF STORMS in 2001 and their latest opus MALEFICUS this year.
These are some short facts based on Vore´s background info. The band´s new power effort, MALECIFICUS, contains 6 actual songs added with a couple of instrumental tunes ("Legion of Martyrs" and "Ashes" that are). Unlike many of their other brothers and sisters in today´s Death Metal with some mandatory blast beat and highly ferocious-infested, a mindless bullet train-like rushing parts, Vore counts mainly on the power of mid-paced or slow doomy Death Metal riffs and rhythms that make really their Death Metal very enjoyable and kinda exceptionally classy to listen to. The band has developed their unique sound with a great care from one release to another, and I think all their hard and determined practice sessions have clearly started to pay off for them on MALEFICUS. Vore manages to sound tighter, more mature and kind of ´more ready´ musically on MALEFICUS than they have ever been capable of making such a strong impression on me before. The songs intensity level on MALEFICUS is nearly to be touched by your bare hands, and overall Vore´s doom-laden Death Metal is a really refreshing injection in today´s world of Death Metal in which most of the bands prefer using hyper-speed elemenst in their highly fashionable sounds just because ´neighbor´s guys do, too´. Well, I guess you got the point anyway.
A song called "The Line that Divides" is sort of a perfect example how Death Metal should be done without reaching that level in which things tend to loose out of your control. It´s a tighly focused, strongly controlled, dark, somewhat simple, but still amazingly catchy song which truly shows everybody what Death Metal should be all about, first and foremost. And the Vore -camp has realized this very well. Somehow they also remind me of the heaviness of Viogression and a creeping eerieness of Demigod as far as their song structures are concerned, but maybe that´s just me. "Misery Embrace" is another example what you can do only a handful of elements without loosing that precious thin, red line - and ending up sounding terrible. Vore do things right, knowing exactly what´s essential for their brand of Death Metal to make it work. And nobody asks them for more because everyone is completely satisfied with what they do.
With MALEFICUS it´s rather easy to predict Vore will surely open some doors amongst record labels that have can make a difference between bands that deserve more recognition and are meant to success - and bands that simply don´t have ´it´.