Vengeance - Vengeance

Vengeance - Vengeance

\r\nWhen I’m in the car, stuck in one on of the endless traffic jams of Athens, I want to listen something that will make feel better, something stong and simple, without exagerations and complicated compositions, in order not to take a pill for the headache, a very good choice would be the Dutch VENGEANCE. The strong, well-played Hard n’ Heavy is like a medicine for me in these dificult situations, and espescially their debut homonymus album, which i put down as one of the best samples of this genre. \r\n

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\r\nHowever this type of music seems to be the big problem, not only for VENGEANCE but also for other, equally good groups of that time, like TOKYO BLADE, which were victims of some stupid cliches that many metal fans especially the young ones have. Thus, the diehard fans regarded them as ’’ geeks’’ but the hard rock fans thought that they are too ’’ heavy ’’, as a result they approached a minority of open-minded and musically settled down fans. \r\n

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\r\nIf you belong to this category VENGEANCE is a group that you should give your attention to. Their first album came out in 1984 from CBS and it’s a combination between the hard rock that Y&T played and the classic metal like JUDAS PRIEST and SAXON. Especially the bond with the last ones seems to be stronger not only from their obvious influences in their heavy metal songs but from Leon Goewie’s voice similarity with Biff Byford’s voice. If someone listened to On the Run or Vengeance could think that Biff is singing, however, Goewie’s voice seems to overstep in warmth and liveliness. \r\n

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\r\nAn other song in the same style is Destroyer while Metal Days is not as heavy as you can imagine from the title but it’s ’’ catchy ’’ and i like it a lot. My favorite song not only from this album but from all the material of the group is Get Out a massive song that is getting out of the Heavy metal limits and touches Power Metal, with tremendous riffs and some ’’ anatolic ’’ elements from Arjen Lucassen and Oscar Holleman. This guitar duo is not the best in the history but they do very good job and in this track are marvelous. \r\n

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\r\nAfter Get Out comes You Took Me By Suprize, a very good Hard Rock track, which was also the second single that came out from this L.P. In my opinion ideal for this ’’ job ’’ would be Tonight,Tonight, one of the best hard n’ heavy songs that i have ever heard. A song with great riffs and rhythm that excites you. I’m sure that if this song had come out as a single could be a massive hit for the band, but unfortunately CBS chose to release the uninteresting Prisoners Οf Τhe Night and Down Αnd Out that only makes me want to push the ’’ next ’’ button. \r\n

\r\nThese two mediocre songs can’t downgrade the very good result. VENGEANCE is a record that if you make it yours you’ll be very happy and you’ll drive many miles with your speakers juddering in your car. Beware of every jurk that come out on the street and is ready to ’’ step on you ’’ with the big wheels of his luxurious jeep.......FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT AND DRIVE SAFELY. \r\n

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\r\nΑntonis Alexandropoulos \r\n

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\r\nTranslation:Grigoris Konstantaras \r\n

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