Genre: Heavy Speed
Country: Germany
Label:  High Roller Records
Year: 2017

From the very first day that our reviewers tracked down the demo of Vulture on January 2016, the date of the release of their first full length was not just something to expect. It was a need that had to be fulfilled. Their signature with High Roller Records and the pressing of “Victim Of The Blade” in a cd/12” made things ever more demanding. The whole package, the cover, the aesthetics, the whole aura that those Germans were giving out was oozing 80’s and pure steel. In “The Guillotine” things don’t change much. You don’t expect any huge innovation or the wheel or fire to be reinvented… but in the year 2017 and with metal going towards its 50th anniversary there is the demand some things to be taken for granted. And thankfully Vulture have put these high standards for themselves before anybody else. Without trying to sound retro or faking that they are coming out of a time machine, they put their asses down and wrote great songs. This is the big difference that makes those who have the talent to stand out of the lot. Most of the songs have imposing intros and that is characteristic of a band with ambitious plans, only that “think big” attitude one can understand that it is actually being realized by the first notes and for the whole of the duration and that shows that Vulture belong in the elite. No, they didn’t enter the pantheon already with just one record and an EP. But they shout out loud that they belong there in an emphatic way (actually 8 times, as many as the songs on the cd). The very fast speed/thrash metal of those Germans is made in a way to remind us something that is being forgotten since some years. Everybody talks about Venom, Raven or even Jaguar as fathers of speed metal and they tend to forget the mighty Priest (I remind you the “Rapid Fire” cover that we find in “Victim To the Blade”). Sometime, somewhere I had read that early Helloween sound like Iron Maiden played in 45 rpm and here is the time to describe a band in the same way. Balancing between Bay Area Thrash and Canadian Speed on one side and (sped up) Judas Priest guitars and the Teutonic sounds that we loved in “Helloween” EP and “Walls Of Jericho” (but also Rage, Holy Moses, Living Death), Vulture are holding steady keeping the equilibrium between classic heavy and speedy thrash with the same ease they unleash vicious solos and relentless drum beatings. The speed might be uncontrollable, but there are enough fills and melodic parts, bridges and changes to keep the interest of the listener stuck there. Steeler’s vocals are very aggressive and remind of a mixture of Paul Baloff and young Araya when they don’t rip the sky apart with his high notes. Olof’s (Enforcer) vocals are the cherry on the top of the cake and the whole atmosphere brings to mind in an unholy intense way Mercyful Fate/King Diamond…

5/6