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  • AxeWound "Vultures" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars

    Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:47:47

    AxeWound "Vultures" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    • Metallica - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: James Hetfield of Metallica performs live on the Pyramid stage during day two of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 28, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.
    • Metallica - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: James Hetfield of Metallica performs on the Pyramid stage during Day 2 of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 28, 2014 in Glastonbury, England.
    • Metallica - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: James Hetfield of Metallica performs live on the Pyramid stage during day two of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 28, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.

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    AxeWound play metal exactly how should it be played.

    Their debut album, Vultures, unleashes a torrent of uncompromising, unadulterated, and undeniable heavy music that's got real teeth. Pairing up Bullet for My Valentine singer and guitarist Matt Tuck on the six-string assault and Cancer Bats vocalist Liam Cormier on chief vocal duty, Vultures not only exceeds the high expectations, it raises the bar for the genre.

    Would you expect anything less from this dream (nightmare) team?

    Tuck's riffing builds a staggering wall of thrash on the title track and "Post Apocalyptic Party". It's an impressive and impenetrable chug that finds the perfect middle ground between Metallica's artful murder and Meshuggah's poly-rhythmic massacre. He's one of the best the genre's got, and that comes through loud and clear here.

    On the album standout, "Church of Nothing", Cormier sounds downright vicious. He tears through the verse as bassist Joe Copcutt [Rise to Remain] and drummer Jason Bowld [Pitchshifter] lay down an epic arena-ready groove. The singer's completely unchained and potently violent as he screams, "We're all dead in the eyes of the Lord". It storms the gates of heaven with bloodshot eyes and brutal fretwork.

    First single "Cold" sees Tuck elevate an infectious hook elegantly as the band burns down everything in their path, while "Blood Money and Lies" infuses a death metal grit into the technical neo-thrash assault and battery. There's also another killer chorus.

    At the end of the day, if you're looking for true gut-busting, face-ripping metal, allow AxeWound to cut right through you.

    Rick Florino
    09.27.12


    Are you excited for Vultures to drop on October 2, 2012?

    Pre-order it on iTunes here!



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