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Sister-Disguised Vultures

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How in the Hell did this happen? Another European band playing classic American rock? Yes, but this time it’s Sister a band from Norway and these guys worship at the makeup caked alter of Motley Crue with a touch of Murderdolls. Disguised Vultures is the second release from the quartet and their first on Metal Blade. First time I heard of Sister was a Tweet from Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel. Since that label has been on a roll as of late, I was quite intrigued. Being on Metal Blade and having blood splattered somewhat quasi anti-religious album art, I was expecting something heavy and menacing. What is delivered though is a sleazy punk / hard rock hybrid that combines the sleaziness of the Sunset Strip infused with scream singing of modern rock.
Sister does a great job of bridging the two and in turn appealing to both sets of fans. The songs are very catchy and upbeat with crunchy guitars but with a slightly sinister quality to them. Lead single an video “Sick” is a perfect example. Snappy, hooky, and with a chorus that begs to be sung along with. They show their punky side on “Arise” and “Slay Yourself”. For me the highlight of Disguised Vultures is “DMN”. Perfect hard rock song. Simple yet catchy, nice solo, and lyrically the band puts themselves over thereby making them more appealing to listeners. One of the more curious tracks is “Naked”. A misfire of a ballad that is twice as long as it should be. Thankfully, the album finishes out nicely with “Please Kill Me” an acoustic guitar led rocking track that highlights the bands rhythm section.

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It would be easy to take shots at Sister just off their appearance. Add in that they have members named Rikki and Cari, somewhere Jizzy Pearl is smiling, and it’s easy pickings. However once you listen to them and you hear that there is something behind the sound. Disguised Vultures is a fun trek down memory lane that is rooted in the now.

Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon(This, not showing bold for some reason)

$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space

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Cannibal Corpse-Torture

It’s weird the way you can become a fan of a band. From a friend recommending them to seeing them open for another band. While I had heard and seen Cannibal Corpse before, the thing that really made me a fan was seeing their DVD Centuries of Torment. The documentary gave you a real insight on the band from its’ earliest days until a couple years ago. After seeing that I became a huge fan and like others was anxiously awaiting the release of Torture.

It was well worth the wait as Torture has to be one of their best albums. From beginning to end it is a Death Metal assault on one’s ears. It showcases the band in perfect sync with one another. From the rhythm section of Alex Wesbster and Paul Mazurkiewicz. To the dueling guitars of Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett. They create a slab of riff heavy goodness that is both musically assaulting yet headbangingly catchy.

One of the great things about Cannibal Corpse is singer, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. He has unique ability to belt out the trademark guttural vocal lines while making every word very understandable. It serves as a perfect compliment to Cannibal Corpse’s trademark lyrical content of gore, murder, and other nightmarish stuff. Just listen to “Scourge Of Iron” or “As Deep As The Knife Will Go” and hear how all they all combine.

Torture is the probably the best metal album of the year. A collection of some of the best Death Metal you will ever hear. It is the perfect representation of the genre and sets the bar high for all others Metal bands.

Buy it.

Buy it now.

No, seriously, go out and buy it right now.

 

Final Rating:

$14.99-Regularly Priced CD

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