Review: Vengeance Rising - Once Dead
- Artist: Vengeance Rising
- Album: Once Dead
- Release date: 1990
- Record label: Intense Records
- Track listing:
- "Can't Get Out"
- "Cut Into Pieces"
- "Frontal Lobotomy"
- "Herod's Violent Death"
- "The Whipping Post"
- "The Wrath to Come"
- "Space Truckin'"
- "Out of the Will"
- "Into the Abyss"
- "Among the Dead"
"Warfare" starts off this amazing sophomore album by Vengeance Rising. The track is fast. Great drums, amazing bass line and the guitars shred.
"Can't Get Out" is almost like death metal. With still enough Thrash. Guitarist Larry Farkas practically destroys his guitar with his shredding. There aren't words to describe how awesome he is!
"Cut Into Pieces" is much faster than "Can't Get Out". Drummer Glen Mancaruso makes sure of that. The rhythm guitars kill on this track as much as the Leads.
"Frontal Lobotomy" destroys with its grooves. It's like a mix of Thrash metal and Groove metal. Bassist Roger Dale Martin brings it down real low for the listener when the guitars get a case of 'core.
"Herod's Violent Death" was the first song I heard off of this album (my MP3 was on shuffle). I can't say it's my favorite, because there truly isn't a bad song this album. Vocalist Roger Martinez even brings in the death growls for a moment.
"The Whipping Post" is such a popular song, there is a website named after it. (At least I think it is.) This song is totally brutal with Mancaruso fill/ride and Dale Martin's bass-in-your-face. The song goes on forever.
"The Wrath to Come" is fill-ed (see what I did there) with solos as well. Guitarist Doug Thieme does a fantastic job.
"Space Truckin'" is a Deep Purple cover. 'Come On! Come On! Come On! Let's go space truckin'!" It's a pretty sick cover. I should make a comp of bands recording covers shouldn't I? (comment on what you think!!)
"Out of the Will" is a very thrash punk song. Awesome style awesome vocals.
"Arise" is a cool song. Especially when Farkas and Thieme trade off solos. Killer solos.
"Into the Abyss" has a pretty weird intro. For the most part the music stays in a similar place. It takes about 2 minutes before Martinez joins in with his crazy vocals. Martinez certainly introduces his death growls here. The solo on this track, like the whole album and the one before it, is outstanding. This track is 8:55 minutes long.
"Among the Dead" is a great track. The thrash is incredible. The vocals on this track are more singing oriented, but it didn't turn out the way the band intended.
"Interruption" is just failed practice session they recorded.
Sounds Like: Slayer, (at times) Deep Purple
- Roger Martinez - Vocals
- Larry Farkas - Lead Guitar
- Doug Thieme - Rhythm Guitar
- Roger Dale Martin - Bass
- Glen Mancaruso - Drums
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