Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: Italy
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2017

Serial Vice is a heavy metal band located in Southern Italy. Formed back in 2011, 2017 is marked in their calendar since it was the year their debut album “Nightmares Come True” came out via Sliptrick Records.

The eights tracks that appear on the record give us a short journey into classic heavy metal, garnished with a few modern elements, while the lyrical themes are based on addiction, killing and living in a dirty society full of forbidden vices. Palpitating riffs, killer solos and obvious inspiration by classic heavy metal icons such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, spiced up with some thrash, power and groove here and there. Serial Vice is a part of the new wave, yet still remains in obscurity. The vocals are a little mediocre and don’t fit the style the band tries to serve. Some good highlights are included in the “You are Heroin”, the leading single of the record, “Vice” and its’ great guitar tunes and the slow tempo “Nightmares Come True”.

It’s a decent record for fans of the genre, a respectful effort for Serial Vice, yet the band in my personal opinion has to work a little harder to find their own identity. “Nightmares Come True” was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered at Newstars REC. Studios (Torre Lapillo, LE).

3/6