With their third album, World Under Fire, England's Vendetta stays the course. Lead guitarist extraordinaire Edward Box, the band delivers another platter of classic melodic heavy and power metal, charged with Box's often politically and socially charged lyrics.
Is World Under Fire as good as the two previous efforts? I wasn't sure after a first listen, during a five mile walk. But a second spin cured my ambivalence. This is a good album, but hardly different from what we've heard in the past. Musicianship, as usual, is exceptional and, of course, Box rips it up on guitar.
Also song composition holds no real surprises. If anything, with only a few exceptions, nothing is overly outstanding or compelling, rather simply the quality and caliber we should expect from Vendetta. Those choice cuts come latter on the album including Fragmented Reality, The Ghost Inside, and Lords of Chaos. That last song with Blast Radius offer Box's political commentary. Another kudo to the lyrical side goes to Halo in Black, a slight to celebrity.
Reading the above, it may appear that I'm still being ambivalent or indifferent about World Under Fire, but that would not be the case. I like this album. It merely deserves more than a cursory listen. Having done so, World Under Fire is easily recommended, and a worthy addition to Vendetta's growing catalog.
With World Under Fire, Vendetta stays the course, offering guitar-driven melodic heavy metal. It's a fine addition to their growing catalog, and one you should own.
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