|Review: Vendetta (Finland) - Search in the Darkness|
|Search in the Darkness|
Label: King Foo Entertainment
Year released: 2006
Originally released in: 1986
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 31, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:Search in the Darkness
Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (12 Votes)
The Thrash scene in Finland may have been short-lived and overshadowed by its almost equally short-lived Death Metal scene, but that doesn't mean it was at all lacking in quality acts. Hell, plenty of quality bands like Necromancer and especially Stone have been rediscovered and revered well past their initial runs, and some like Stone have even been able to reform and play live shows to fans old and new alike. Most, however, still remain obscure, often due to having only a handful of demos and EPs at best that never got a proper reissue. Vendetta faired a little better than average in that regard, as their one and only EP, Search in the Darkness, has the distinction of likely being the first Finnish Thrash album to be released on vinyl and getting a reissue about 20 years after the fact, but they're hardly one of the fondly remembered acts of their time. Shame, too, because this is a fairly killer little release.
Vendetta worked in bare bones Thrash that had as much to do with NWOBHM as it did punk, sounding like something between early Running Wild and English Dogs in the process. Most of the songs on here are simple and direct, filled with flailing, old-school riffs, sharp lead work, endless youthful energy, and raucous vocals that sound like if Rock 'n Rolf dipped a bit into hardcore punk, all of which is hardly novel but contains enough energy to get your head banging along. The one exception to this is the title track, which is actually mid-paced, heavily melodic, and a bit moodier than Thrash often bothers with. The other songs are plenty of fun, but this one shows the band striking something more individual and interesting, proving that they were more than capable of being more than just another fun party band.
Unfortunately, the band would break up some time after this release, though the exact year and circumstances are unclear. It's not uncommon for a band brimming with potential to call it quits before they get a chance to capitalize on it, but it's always a shame when it happens, and Vendetta are no exception. Still, they at least left us a perfectly solid release of classic Thrash that occasionally stretched out into something more than that, which is more than can be said for a lot of bands at the time. For anyone with an interest in what Finland was doing in the Golden Age of Thrash, this is a more than worthy addition to your collection.
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