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Vendetta - "Feed The Extermination" (CD)

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"Feed The Extermination" track listing:

1. Feed the Extermination (5:06)
2. Tremendous Brutality (5:58)
3. Cancer (4:30)
4. Ovulation Bitch (4:01)
5. Storage of Anger (4:36)
6. Dog in the Manger (5:23)
7. De-Organ-Izer (4:07)
8. Abuse (7:03)
9. Trust in God (4:05)
10. 'Til I'm Dead (3:49)

Reviewed by on February 1, 2012

"Now two albums into the 'rebirth' of the once great German technical thrashers and I’m left waiting for the same band that dazzled me in 1988."

When Vendetta reformed and released the comeback album "Hate" in 2007, I was the first to jump on board. After all, the band put out the impressive thrash classics "Go and Live….Stay and Die!" and "Brain Damage" just before an untimely first demise. Now two albums into the "rebirth" of the once great German technical thrashers and I’m left waiting for the same band that dazzled me in 1988. This album does its best to "Feed the Extermination" of a once great band.

The only original member from the glory days is bassist Klaus Ullrich, who now surrounds himself with a less than technical band. One of the major differences between the earlier and newer style of Vendetta is in the vocals. Gone is the Kai Hansen meets Dirk Schröder style of Micky Wehner in favor of the less melodic, more shouting style of Mario Vogel. Unfortunately, Wehner’s absence leaves a gaping hole with the guitars as well.

"Feed the Extermination" is mostly a compilation of half speed riffs that choke more than a L.A. prostitute. It leaves the album sputtering for any forward progress and lacks the utter fluidity of its predecessors (check out "Tremendous Brutality," "Ovulation Bitch" and the title track). There is also an inordinate use of the word "fuck" and all its iterations spewed throughout the album. It’s not that I am against the use, but more than ten times a song seems a bit extreme. There must be a more learned way to express hate and anger.

With that said, there are a couple of decent tracks on the album, namely "Dog in the Manger," which rhythmically sounds like a cast away from Metallica’s "Kill 'Em All" and represents the least choking song of the album. "Storage of Anger" is also a decent thrash anthem.

"Feed the Extermination" just doesn't produce enough to satisfy thrash fans, especially anyone familiar with the history the band built up before 1990. It’s a dawning of a new era for Vendetta and I hope the band can recapture the glory it once had, a glory that Micky Wehner may be the only one to save I’m afraid.

Highs: A couple of decent thrash songs from this once great band.

Lows: Excessively choking riffs, a shell of the band I once knew and loved.

Bottom line: This album does its best to "Feed the Extermination" of a once great band.

Rated 2.0 out of 5 skulls
2.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)