VENDETTA – The 5th
VENDETTA is a thrash metal band from the 80’s. They had released their debut album “Go and Live ... Stay and Die” and “Brain Damage” through Noise Records. These two albums which I have on vinyl are highly appreciated by the fans of the 80’s German thrash metal sound. After the 80’s the band hadn’t released anything until 2003 that a demo appeared. After that they have released a compilation and two full length albums in 2007 and 2011 which I haven’t listened to. So, I was really surprised positively that VENDETTA have their new full length album which is their fifth in their career (as the title mentions too) and I was really anxious to listen to it.
I think that everyone can realize that there is a big time gap between the studio releases of the band and of course a bigger one between their new album and the first two ones. From the first listening of “The 5th” album I realized that the band is not as aggressive and raw as their debut and sophomore albums. Don’t rush though in conclusions, because what they have lost in aggressiveness they have gained in maturity and skill. It is really an album worked in every detail that combines melody with thrash metal along with some heavy metal touches. It is an album that has variety and this is due to the progressive structures of the compositions and mostly because of the fresh ideas that the band has. It is an album that has a lot of technical thrash elements that don’t tire the listener but instead make the whole listening even more interesting.
VENDETTA with their new 5th release has proven to me that they have matured as musicians and that they really have to offer good compositions to the thrash metal audience.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis