(8/10) Vampires are creatures that prefer darkness. Daylight is what they hate and I guess that goes for spotlights too. However, this Swedish five-piece band calls themselves Vampire and once in a while the guys take the challenge of heading towards light.
The first time they did it was in 2012 when they confronted the metal community with a demo that was very well received in the underground. The next rays of light hit the band two years later. The debut was published, consolidating the good first impression.
Another three years later the quintet from Gothenburg is back with the anticipated new longplayer entitled “With Primeval Force”. The album features nine songs that resume where the band ended with their debut. This goes for the songs while there are on the other hand some line-up changes to report. The seat behind the drum kit went from Ratwing to Abysmal Condor (yes, the band uses synonyms) while with Sepulchar Condor a second guitarist joined the vampire show too.
Vampire’s music is mostly classified as death metal, which, in one or another way, is right. What spices up their songs are dominant thrash influences that perfectly blends in with the raw death metal sounds. Now, Vampire isn’t the first band that comes up with this idea, but they belong to the group of bands that does it in a jaw-dropping good way. The tunes from this Swedish metal outfit do have an original, basic and raunchy vibe that makes them sound truly underground. That, in reverse, doesn’t mean that they sound of the album is basic too. Isak Edh gave the album a diverse and distinct sound that perfectly supports the expression of each of the songs.
Vampire’s first bite is already a vicious one. “Knights of the Burning Crypt” is a blackly song, kept in a moderate paced song with a semi acoustic finish. The opener, but also songs like “Metamorfosis” and “Initiation Rite”, show the affinity to bands like Celtic Frost with vocals that are more blackened than deep growls.
Vampire’s songs are covering the mid-tempo section very well but also shift gears. “Ghoul Wind” and “Skull Prayer” are furious and bezerk. The five-piece band from Gothenburg spits out these beastly tunes in a way as if there would be now tomorrow.
“With Primeval Force” is an album that combines an excellent sound with an 80’s thrash metal vibe, a time when bands like Celtic Frost and Kreator started to influence metal. This longplayer proves that it’s not too bad if the vampire sometimes leaves morbid darkness for facing the spotlight on a metal stage.
- Knights of the Burning Crypt
- He Who Speaks
- Skull Prayer
- Midnight Trial
- Ghoul Wind
- Initiation Rite
Label: Century Media
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date EU: April 21st, 2017