|Review: Vardis - 200 M.P.H.|
Label: Hoplite Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 5, 2015
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)
Okay, this isn't really something I'm interested in. Vardis are on of those relics from the NWOBHM age, they released a whole slew of material which I can't really comment on, although from what I gather the band favored the blues side of the spectrum. It certainly shows to this day, and none the more evident than in the closing live rendition of "The World's Insane", which the band state is a tribute to BB King.
Anyway, two new tracks, two rerecorded tracks, and the aforementioned live cut comprise the 200 M.P.H. EP, and whilst it's nowhere near as fast or dangerous as the title would imply, I can't fault the band for their energy or performances. The music isn't something I'd listen to outside of this review at all, but I could see myself tapping a foot in a pub or club if these guys were playing. Not bad by any stretch, but far too blues rock for my liking. "Move Along" is the closest we get to any real sort of Heavy Metal here, and whilst it's still all blues scales and licks, it's a pretty rocking tune. If you liked these guys back in the day, then maybe you'll find more to cherish. Good, but not for me.
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