VULTURE – The Guillotine

VULTURE - The Guillotine
  • 6/10
    VULTURE - The Guillotine - 6/10


High Roller Records
Release date: August 25, 2017

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Self-described as HIGH! SPEED! METAL! The Guillotine from Germany’s Vulture delivers as advertised.  The twin guitar attack of the band rarely deviates from an amphetimized Judas Priest style onslaught.  While the vocals immediately bring to mind King Diamond, the band shares most of their DNA with Exciter, Celtic Frost, and Cirith Ungol.  The mixing and production of the album is professional.  The bass, vocals, guitars, drums are all clearly discernable and well-powered with the exception of a weak bass drum.  The guitarists and vocalist are aggressive, spirited, and respectable.  The drumming, however, is distractingly repetitious and unimaginative.  Virtually every song features the snare drum banging the same metronomic pace and repeating the same descending tom-tom fills.

Perhaps the band’s one dimensional approach to songwriting doesn’t leave the drummer much room to maneuver.  The first five songs of The Guillotine fall squarely in the band’s Speed Metal comfort zone.  The opening two tracks “Vendetta” and “Clashing Iron” are highlights featuring frantic guitar work and superb vocals which are as indecipherable as a demon wailing and screaming.  Vulture rarely deviates from form. When they do as on “(This Night Belongs) To The Dead”, the resulting track is a refreshing blend of slow, heavy riffing, spiked with speedier solos and a variety of mid-tempo bridges. The song has depth and complexity making it stand out and foreshadows a great future for the band.

The Guillotine contains only eight songs, all of which are very listenable.  Recommended for Speed Metal fans who enjoy being the first to hear emerging talent.



  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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