Vulture, a thrash metal band from Germany is going back to the roots of the genre with their debut album The Guillotine. When I say, “back to the roots” I really mean back to the roots. I am talking Kill Em All Metallica roots. I am talking Bonded by Blood Exodus roots. This album is as hard, heavy and fast as the two above-mentioned albums.
To start with Vulture has done the thrash cover perfect. The Guillotine has a dark cover with hands reaching up to a polished bloody guillotine surrounded by lightning. If that doesn’t say thrash I don’t know what would and we are just talking about the album jacket. Wait till you start listening, because if you like thrash you are going to love The Guillotine. The first track on the album is “Vendetta.” The track is hard and fast and just gets your blood pumping. The full metal thrash assault continues for eight songs. A few of my favorite tracks on the album include “Triumph of The Guillotine,” and “Electric Ecstasy.” My favorite track on the album by far “(This Night Belongs) To the Dead” which has the vibe of Peace Sells Megadeth. In fact, the track almost has the sound of “Wake up Dead” from Megadeth. A hard-galloping guitar riff companied by some heavy drums carries this song.
I really cannot say enough how much I enjoyed this album. I cannot guarantee Vulture’s The Guillotine a spot in my top five albums I have reviewed this year, but I will say it will be in the top ten for sure. In a world where technology has taken so much away from music, The Guillotine is simple and that is why I like it so much. I will warn you though if you decide to take my advice and buy this album it can cause air drumming and in some cases a serious case of head banging. Vulture’s The Guillotine will be released August 25, 2017 via High Roller Records.