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Vengeance: Soul Collector

Vengeance: Soul Collector

Melodic Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Fresh off their 25th anniversary tour, veteran Dutch rockers Vengeance bring their eighth studio album, 'Soul Collector.' The strength of the album lies in their commitment to big riff driven songs with huge melodies and catchy choruses. Vengeance is not reinventing the wheel here by any means. Actually, history seems to have stood still for them, circa the 1980's. And that is not a bad thing for their hardcore fans. For the rest of us, well ...

Vengeance is helped out in the song composition department by some notable friends: Arjen Lucassen, Mat Sinner and Michael Voss (Casanova). The overall result is an eclectic mix of music ranging from nut numbing hard rock on 'Soul Collecter' to the near melodic metal of 'Wait Until The Sun Goes Down' to the rock and roll boogie of 'Rock and Roll Band.' In the midst of all this there are some quirky pieces like the timely, but genuinely strange, 'Myspace Freak' or the bordering-on-bizarre 'Dance, Dance, Dance' which is only saved by some big heavy riffs and short ripping guitar solo. Some songs are simply nominal and you might easily hit the skip button such as the ballad-like 'Lean On Me' and 'What The Hell Is Going On.'

Vengeance's 'Soul Collecter' is an amusingly entertaining hard rock disc thanks to its unusual mixture of musical styles and lyrical content. Though strangely enjoyable like accidentally hitting your funny bone, I would probably suggest you investigate their back catalogue for the prime stuff.

In Short

Vengeance's 'Soul Collecter' is an amusingly entertaining hard rock disc thanks to its unusual mixture of musical styles and lyrical content. Though strangely enjoyable like accidentally hitting your funny bone, I would probably suggest you investigate their back catalogue for the prime stuff.

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