Vicious Nature - VII: EP Review
“I’m twisted, psychotic, I’m always fucking on it” screams singer Andy Pyke on Psychotic – I know how he feels!
Vicious Nature were born out of Marshall Law, Cloven Hoof and Cerebal Fix six years ago and are based in the Wolverhampton area. It was really a coming together of minds and instruments and everything just seemed to slot together as this latest release, VII, testifies.
The Intro features some pleasant guitar noodling, which isn’t really needed as a lead into Rise Up, but wow, when the song starts it is like being dragged back into the 80’s! That’s not the hair metal 80’s before anyone gets the wrong idea, but the classier rock and metal of the time - this band’s sound is like a mash-up of Anthrax and Dio and it works surprisingly well. Pykes voice is a crystal clear killer on this track as it is all the way through this EP.
Following on is When The Devil Calls, a real Anthrax style mosher and is my favourite song on the EP but the quiet section in the middle doesn’t quite work, I would love to just edit it out. The previously mentioned Psychotic certainly has an anthemic feel and I imagine this will be a live favourite for audience participation.
The rev counter heads to the red line with The Silence That Kills and tacked on the end of the EP is a live track, System Of Disorder, which to my ears sounds too good (especially the bass) to have been recorded at a gig and it weren’t for the audience sing-a-long I’d put money on it being a studio cut.
The musicianship is first class all the way through too, it is a raging slab of classic post-NWoBHM moshing rock if ever there was one! Looking forward to catching them live at some point in the future.
Vicious Nature are:
Andy Southwell – Guitar (ex Marshall Law)
Mark Culley – Bass (ex Cerebral Fix, Drown)
Andy Pyke – Vocals (ex Marshall Law)
Jon “JB” Brown – Drums (ex Cloven Hoof)