Feed the Extermination

01. Feed the Extermination
02. Tremendous Brutality
03. Cancer
04. Ovulation Bitch
05. Storage of Anger
06. Dog in the Manger
07. De-Organ-Izer
08. Abuse
09. Trust in God
10. 'Til I'm Dead

Mario Vogel - vocals
Frank Schölch - guitars
Thomas "Lubber" Kramer - drums
Klaus "Heiner" Ullrich - bass

1987: Go and Live...Stay and Die
1988: Brain Damage
2007: Hate CD


Produced by dan Swanö at Unisound, Sweden

Released 9/12-2011
Reviewed 25/1-2012


German band Vendetta has been around for so long that they are referred to as veterans, they did release their debut album in 1987 and the latest before this one in 2007. Their latest album received many good reviews by all relevant magazines and webzines, it was before our resurrection I think so we did not review it. Feed the Extermination is the fourth album by Vendetta, and it is said to be more aggressive and more progressive and that it rips its way into the listeners mind. One thing that do fascinate me with all of this is how these promo writers manage to come up with all these formulations to make bands seem brilliant. I for one does not know anything about these germans or how they manage to make their music rip into the brains of listeners but they do have one uninspiring album cover.

This band is compared to many thrash metal bands and lots more are name dropped to have shared a stage with the band or something similar. They are thrash metal in base with some heavy thrashy riffage through the album, the tempo is lower than it usually is in thrash metal but most other are quite typical thrash metal like the vocals for instance which sounds like your everyday bay area vocals but with a little german twist to it. For a thrash band they are not overly heavy or aggressive either, I think midtempo german thrash metal. The production is a fine modern thrash production with a clean and modern sound, not the most innovative album in the world I would say but it has ten tracks and it plays for little over 49 minutes.

Generally the album is alright, it is well produced and has a good sound. It is a modern thrash metal album in sound but the lack of tempo and fantasy is a bit of a letdown for me, in the thrash metal I enjoy there is much more attitude and energy which is something this album lacks almost completely. Take the track Abuse as an example of this, it is a song about child abuse which is a subject that I think in some way matters to everyone, they say they want abusers to be published in name which I then tend to wonder if it is sentenced people or also the ones suspected but not really caring one way or another. Anyway, no matter the topic, the song just does not engage as it lacks energy and is quite monotonous. And the same goes for many of the songs, the melodies and stuff are alright but the songs just stand there not getting anywhere. I think the opening title track and De-Organ-Izer are the best two songs, they are quite good but for the rest of the album it feels a bit tired. It also feels a bit everyday and ordinary which is a negative in life and in music. They do have several interesting topics in their lyrical content but none really shine through and interest me, the album feels static and tired for most of the time.

I don’t want to bash this band in any way but the business of music is a tough one today and I think this band is too ordinary to get noticed and most reviews I have found around the web seems to conclude that I am not alone in this thesis. I think that it is a decent album and definitely not very bad so that you just cannot muster up to listen to it, but at the same time it is nothing you are eager to hear or that engage your mind while listening to it so a slightly dull but okay album I would say that it is. I think they should try and find some more energy, the midtempo could work but they would need a deeper base and a much heavier sound to make it really work as it feels a bit light for this tempo. The songs also needs some character and some soul to be anything more than decent tracks, maybe if you are a fan of the bands since before.

Uninspiring and ordinary thrash metal in an okay album, that is in short what it is all about with this fourth Vendetta album.



Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands: Metallica/Destruction/Exodus
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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