“THE SILENCE THAT KILLS”
Single Review By Dawn King
Being approached to review something by a band is always an honour and it was no exception when Andy Southwell of the band Vicious Nature asked me to review their new single “The Silence That Kills”.
Formed in 2012 in the West Midlands, England, the band features former members of Cloven Hoof, Marshall Law and Cerebral Fix, all great bands in their own right, and as Jon ‘JB’ Brown, himself, states “this is no reflection on the music the band is producing, just an indication of the musicianship involved!”
Having performed at numerous festivals, one day charity gigs and as support for the likes of the Graham Bonnet Band and Redline, Vicious Nature are soon to release their eagerly awaiting dvd “Ex-Cineribus”, Latin for ‘From The Ashes’, featuring this brand new single.
Kicking off with a punchy intro, laden with drums and guitars, as all great metal tracks should be, the song quickly displays all the hallmarks of a true, 1980’s thrash classic. At just over four minutes long, it has you head-banging from start to finish and its catchy lyrics will have you humming it for the rest of the day.
Andy Southwell’s guitar playing is tight and concise and obviously the work of an immensely talented guy who isn’t afraid to show he’s influenced by the likes of Randy Rhoads and Eddie van Halen. The rhythm section, comprised of drummer Brown and bass player Mark Culley, work well together and this shows in the drum/bass doubling part way through the track. This duet is followed by a small, but intricate guitar solo from Southwell, and then a change in tempo gives the listener a temporary break before being launched, full speed, once more into the neck-breaking metal that is most of the track. Andy Pyke has a typical metal singer’s voice, ranging from the highest notes to the lowest and his vocals are the icing on the top of a perfectly crafted metal machine.
If you like your music metal and your metal as it should be, then check out Vicious Nature. They are at the top of their game and should be considered as one of the best British metal bands around at the moment.
But don’t just take my word for it………. Give them a listen and see for yourself.
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