Some things can appeal to the “old school” and still have modern bite. Dario Argento’s masterful and really fun Dracula 3D venture appealed to classic horror fans as well as those seeking a little more gore or who just were thrilled by the bountiful, ginormous breasts of Miriam Giovanelli. Seriously, want to die happy? The very raw sounding in the best way debut full length from Vampire really tears throats in a similarly classic yet new fashion. How was there not a band called Vampire yet? Or Ghost or Ryan Waste’s new band Bat or even Giant Drag for that matter? Most of the good simple names like Trouble, Death or Satan are long claimed.
Unlike the new thrash revival, Vampire seem not to so much ape past greats as channel stuff they plain like. “Orexis” starts things off in a blaze of darkness and never looks back. There is also a reverence for Hammer Horror here that is cited by the band and pretty apparent, similar to Cathedral’s recent aesthetic choices of primitive, basic root evil having maximum impact. Vampire sound like you found them in some crypt or playing in a shit hole somewhere with broken glass on the floor and a wobbly Crocodile beer teetering on a crackling amp. These Swedes are feral and far more concerned with just plain killing it than revisiting Swedish death metal history or 90′s gore. They even throw in the odd NWOBHM-tinged riff or three that would make Christian Mistress fans pump fists.
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