Vendetta - Brain Damage LP (Clear vinyl)
Quality vinyl, quality sleeve, insert in plastic sleeve, shipping first week of July.
Limited to 100 copies, mailorder exclusive.
For Thrash Metal with top notch songwriting and excellent musical prowess, “Brain Damage” emerges a clear winner and should be in every Thrash collector’s collection!
1988 was indeed a great year for Heavy Metal and more specifically Thrash Metal. While there was a lot of movement in the US and Brazil underground with many classics being churned out, Deutschland didn’t lag behind by any means with thrash metal outfits such as Darkness, Paradox, Deathrow etc. Opting for a slight drift in technical direction and eventually gaining cult recognition. Vendetta was another promising Teutonic foursome to join this elite squad. If their debut was a riff fest of raw yet catchy proportions, “Brain Damage” shows significant maturity in songwriting while still retaining the crunchy sound that was a trademark of theirs. With a release of this caliber, it’s a shame this one went by unnoticed at the time of its launch. Thankfully the global metal mafia doing a commendable job in wiping the dust off rare vinyls, Vendetta has sparked a considerable level of interest among fans of old school Thrash Metal.
The production on this record once again bears a close semblance to its predecessor without much of its early rawness being vacuumed out whereas the musicianship is tight and precise as it’s always been. As on the former release, the vocal work is again a two man job with both the guitar players getting behind the microphone on practically all the tracks. Take catchy thrash riffs, put in some inventive touches but don’t butcher the hell out of them by either overdoing or trying to be super flashy.
With a steady and talented lineup, and taking a leaf out of the American thrash book of thoughts, namely the good old Bay Area sound and the mosh power of the east coast, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone out there that all the tracks on this are flawless pieces of thrash metal with a strong binding factor that creates a steady continuity throughout the length of the album.
This was the last release by the band before they called it a day and decided to disband before reforming again just a few years back with a relatively new lineup to release a forgettable album. For 9 songs of pure adrenalin pumping Thrash laced with top notch songwriting and excellent musical prowess, “Brain Damage” emerges a clear winner and should be in every Thrash collector’s collection. For folks that have not been acquainted with this band yet, if you cherish the vintage bay area thrash sound as well as the more straightforward direction of bands such as Meliah Rage and Powermad, then this is an absolute essential.
For fans of: Metallica, Heathen, Meliah Rage, Testament, Kreator, Paradox, Megadeth