AxeWound – Vultures

Label: Sony
Released: September 2012
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
9/10

What do you get when you take members of Bullet For My Valentine (lead guitarist Matt Tuck), Cancer Bats (singer Liam Cormier), Rise To Remain (bassist Joe Copcutt), Glamour Of The Kill (Mike Kingswood – guitar) and Pitchshifter (drummer Jason Bowld) and put them into a recording studio to have fun and make some metal?

In this case, you get one of the finest metal albums in a long time, combining elements of all the modern metal styles that their day jobs expose them to, with a very strong current of traditional metal and early thrash and hardcore.

From opening track Vultures the early Slayer influence is obvious, as throats tear and drums pound, the bass throbs and guitars buzz and saw frantically.  It puts many so-called metal titans to shame with its instantly accessible tune, singable lyrics and enormously heavy sound.

Through ten tracks of sweaty, screaming thrash mayhem these five pretty much wipe most of the slate clean of all who came before – with the possible exceptions of Machine Head, Baronness and the like – and redefine the possibilities of modern metal.  Ie – instead of heading further and further away from melody towards an atonal dirge of violent riffs, they have kept all that is great about modern metal and fused it with all that was great about the beginnings of thrash and black metal, redefining the sound for a brave new world.

Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates contributes a solo to the title track, which along with Cold, Post Apocalyptic Party, Blood Money and Lies and Collide are solid highlights on an album without a flat moment.

NEW metal never sounded so good.

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AxeWound – Vultures

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