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Review: Vulgate - Waves

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 52:08
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 23, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

British thrashers Vulgate's debut album, Waves, starts off like a known Metalica song... Just take a wild guess if you want. Gladly, they are no Metallica-copycats. Vulgate plays some sort of a mixture of progressive Thrash Metal and melodic Death Metal, utilizing some of the best elements from both worlds. The main emphasis is clearly on darkened and mean sounding Thrash Metal riffs and the semi-growled and angry vocals of Ben Taylor, who reminds me of Johan Liiva (ex-Furbowl, ex-Arch Enemy, Nonexist) every now and then.

What comes very clear right away is that Vulgate has put lots of time and effort into their songwriting process. The use of some unorthodox, catchy, aggressive and clever song arrangements is what makes Waves a true winner. The guys have the potential to jump into a bigger league with this strong and kickass material. Tracks like "The One Who Knocks", "Abuse of Power" and "Delusion of Grandeur" are some of the absolutely startlingly wonderful examples of the skillful firepower behind this band. They just need to work hard at promoting the band to take it toward better and successful times. They already have a professional business card in their hands, which is this debut album.

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