I dig classic heavy/thrash metal; in one sense, as they say of the Law & Order television series, the original is still the best. Then again I experienced those early thrash days first hand, remembering the original 'Big Four' and many others. Germany's Vendetta, taking their cues from the greats and their native peers, arose in the late Eighties, but quickly disappeared several years later. They returned in 2007 with Hate, and now surface again with this years Face the Extermination.
Above, Vendetta: far from being exterminated.
Clearly they have the old school heavy/thrash metal style firmly in hand. Massive riffage combined with speed contrasted against steadier moments makes for this traditional sound. While Vendetta can mix it up in the arrangements, the aforementioned motif is fundamental. What's missing, and which was fundamental to the best of that early thrash, are decent guitar solos. They're nearly non-existent here, and makes Feed the Extermination basically a non-starter for this fan (who remembers). Tremendous Brutality offers a glimmer, but Storage of Anger delivers better. After this, I basically gave up hope. There's not much here in the way of fret pyrotechnics. Yet, the longer Abuse offers more epic (traditional) heavy metal but, of course, could have been made more interesting, and lively, with fret work of the same caliber.
Therefore, while they have their roots firmly in classic heavy and thrash metal, Vendetta's Feed the Extermination is generally ordinary, suffering from lack of the lively fret work that made the best early thrash interesting. It reminds more of modern metal bands who invoke thrash, add hardcore, and couldn't rip a solo if somebody held a gun to their momma's head. Yet, even now, some current bands seem to know better, and add the ferocity of a guitar solo. Vendetta might take a cue from these current youngsters.
While they have their roots firmly in classic heavy and thrash metal, Vendetta's Feed the Extermination is generally ordinary, suffering from lack of the lively fret work that made the best early thrash interesting.
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