VULTURE - Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves LP K
"We titled our second album "Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves" because it's catchy, cold and metal as fuck," Vulture guitarist Stefan Genozider declares succinctly. This is not an overstatement. The follow up to 2017's cult sensation "The Guillotine" and their debut release for Metal Blade, the new full-length captures the German crews dispensing scathing thrash at a standard that places them toe-to-toe with the best in their genre. It is also a dramatic step forward in terms of songwriting and execution. "With "The Guillotine" we really restricted ourselves to reproducing our debut EP. We wanted it to sound the same, both in the actual music and sound-wise, but we knew that this wouldn't work a third time, so we sat down and talked about what was missing in what we had come up with so far. From that discussion, the overall goal for our second full-length was to get more variation in our songs, work out more melodic parts and allow ourselves to slow down a little here and there."
Working to a tight schedule so that they could make the limited window available to them with their desired producer, the quintet had no interest in penning a dozen or more songs and taking their pick and instead focused on creating eight killer cuts. Every song took time, the band not moving on before each was perfect in its own right, and this effort is very much manifest in the quality of the album.
The sound of "Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves" has also been augmented by playing in some unconventional keys and the addition of "horror synths", but every change is well balanced and suited to the individual songs, making for a rollercoaster ride with plenty of ups and downs. Horror is, in fact, a key element to the record, with classic horror movies and stories in the vein of maestros John Carpenter and Dario Argento strongly influencing the lyrics, with other influences drawn from the classic Bay Area Thrash era.
Available on black vinyl with insert and download card.