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Vicious Nature

‘VII’ – Date of Release (Pending)

The imminent release of ‘VII‘ has been quite a talking point for many Midland metallers, as this EP/Album has been a work in progress since May of last year. Comprising of six mind bending tracks, VII pronounced Seven, see the Vicious Nature guys push their music through to a new level, whilst still maintaining that full on in your face ministry that Vicious Nature are renowned to deliver.

The opening track and intro ‘The Calm Before The Storm‘ is an instrumental entity that captures the atmospheric flow of Andy Southwell’s guitar and Mark Culley’s bass and came as a totally unexpected surprise but one that really got me thinking about the potential of this previously unheard side of Vicious Nature. Does it work – hell, yes it does and this track left me hoping that this grows into something bigger!

The second track of the album ‘Rise Up‘ sees the band hurtling full throttle down that metal highway with a rousing call to arms and having seen the band perform this song live with their unmistakable angst, nothing has been lost in it’s recording. The melody of this track leads Andy Pykes vocals smack bang into the eye of this storm and ultimately creates one hurricane of a track.

For me, the third track of VII ‘Devil Calls‘ is an absolute gem as it steps the pace up yet again with a hefty dose of mind bending psychosis. With a cacophony of venom, this track morphs its way through the realms of madness and if Edgar Allan Poe had ever tried his hand at writing metal, then this is what it would have sounded like so for those of a nervous disposition, be sure to lock your doors and windows and put all the lights on when you listen to this!

Twisted Psychotic‘ is the perfect choice to follow on with as this track doesn’t mince its words or hold anything back musically either – you really can feel the rasping hate emanate from this song through its mighty vengeful pulse courtesy of JB on drums.

VII’s penultimate track comes in the guise of ‘The Silence That Kills‘ which is fast becoming yet another live anthemic track for the band. This track is built for speed and combines just about everything that you could want through it’s tireless intensity of power which is guaranteed to send blood and adrenaline coursing through your veins .

As we approach the end of ‘VII’, Vicious Nature’s parting gift is a flash back to their set at Wizz Fest 2015 and takes on the form of a live recording for ‘System Of Disorder‘. Andy Southwell’s guitar licks hold the listeners attention throughout with his note perfect precision whilst the fury in Andy Pyke’s vocals takes the atmosphere to a whole new level and he just about sums this track and ‘VII’ up with his final statement “Fucking brilliant“!

Overall, VII is a must have experience and WELL worth the wait. It delivers everything it promises and I wholeheartedly recommend grabbing a copy of it as soon as you can.

Band Line up:

Andy Pyke – Vocals
Andy Southwell – Guitar
Mark Culley – Bass
JB – Drums/Hellfire & Brimstone

Track Listing:

1.The Calm Before The Storm
2.Rise Up
3.Devil Calls
4.Twisted Psychotic
5.The Silence That Kills
6.System Of Disorder – recorded at Wizz Fest 2015 (Bonus Live Track).

Review by Sue Wardle.

Midlands Metal Crusade

25th November at The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton.

Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusades have now become a regular and much looked forward to celebration of the Midlands metal scene and today’s event at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton see’s it’s seventh reincarnation ready to roar.

And getting today’s immense shenanigan’s underway were the exceptionally talented Devils Playground, who really have given their all this year and stamped their mark firmly upon the West Midlands local metal scene. With a stage performance awash in energy and attitude, it was easy to see why this band scored such a great hit at this years Bloodstock and with such talent and enthusiasm that continually seems to grow, I can’t wait to see what this band will bring about next.

Our second band of the day were the deliciously colourful SID who despite being a very recent addition to today’s line up, had a pretty hearty crowd of fans ready, willing and waiting for them to get up on stage and do their thing! SID’s set was as always, full of metal character and there is never a dull moment to be had when these guys are around as their stage presence is equally as charismatic as their music.

Next up and a firm favourite of mine were Netherhall. I wholeheartedly admire this band as they bring to the airwaves a uniqueness that is born out of a progressive creativity which just seems to know no boundaries. Today’s set from Netherhall held The Slade Rooms captive and was an absolute pleasure to experience.

With 5.30pm fast approaching, it was time for relative newcomers Torqued to take to the stage. But having described them as that, there was absolutely no denying that the ability, experience and no bullshit approach that these guys have for their metal, is propelling them in exactly the right direction – and fast!

Marking the mid-way point of the day were Master’s Call and here we have a band whose brand of blackened death metal is both brutal and disturbing to the point of perfection. Lead singer Shayan, cuts a menacing dark figure on stage, which most definitely adds to the impressive stance that this band deliver.

Our next band to take to the stage were Fire Red Empress and recent months have seen anticipation growing for the release of the band’s outstanding album, ‘Black Morphine‘, which I have to say is something they can TRULY be proud of. With several tracks included in tonight’s performance, their thirty minute set flew by way too fast but I’m very pleased to say that Fire Red Empress will be back at The Slade Rooms again for Hils Ovation on 20th January 2018, so get that date down in your diary now as this gig will be one that your really don’t want to miss!

Fire Red Empress – ‘GIANTS’ Official Video.

2017 has been quite a year for Vicious Nature and just as their popularity continues to grow, so do they musically and for me, the set that they delivered tonight was one of the highlights of the day. It’s always great to see a band enjoying their performance as much as their audience and factors such as that really do fuel the anticipation for what comes next, which I understand will be a new EP so I shall definitely look forward to that!

Our penultimate band of the day were At Dawn We Attack and with their endless energy and adrenaline free flowing throughout the entirety of their set, these guys really put their own stamp of excellence to the day. With guest vocalists also joining them up on stage, their was no shortage of community spirit to be enjoyed which was really quite something to be a part of.

And without further ado, it was time for our guest headliners of the day to hit the stage and much to the audible appreciation of The Slade Rooms audience, that is exactly what Orange Goblin did. With a small army of Orange Goblin troops in attendance, there was no denying that they got the performance that they came to see, with songs such as ‘Scorpionica‘, ‘The Filthy & The Few‘ and the rather epic ‘Red Tide Rising‘ being included within tonight’s set list choice and bringing today’s top notch event to a rousing close.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Vicious Nature

With support from Pork and Whore No More.
The Giffard Wolverhampton 23rd September 2017.

When tickets for a gig sell out months in advance, they do so for good reason and when you have Vicious Nature set to headline, then it really doesn’t come as any great surprise as time after time, these guys always knock an amazing live performance right out of the ball park.

Also featured on tonight’s bill were Pork and this is the second time that I’ve seen them here at the Giffard in the past month, with their first live performance previously having made for quite an impression. Joe Foster, Porks frontman and guitarist has the kind of vitality that fills the room and is a perfect match for the bands audacious stoner infused grunge that certainly went down well with tonight’s audience. As far as up and coming bands go, Pork are ones to definitely check out and I strongly recommend that you do.

Our second support band of the night were Whore No More and I was actually quite stunned to learn that this was in fact their debut live performance, as there was absolutely no hint of nerves or hesitation to be seen in their set tonight, and I also must applaud Roxy Pearson for owning that stage like a boss tonight. The band are back at the Giffard this December when they will be supporting Sykko Dolls, so make a point of checking out them and this next gig, as Whore No More are a band you need to know about.

With many years of notable success notched up prior to Vicious Nature, this experience and talent categorically placed them ahead of the game, even from the bands first date of creation back in 2013. Since then, each and every year has seen them make significant strides forward in the right direction and notching up some blinding achievements which include the release of two EP’s, a DVD, a vinyl release of ‘Tacet Somnium’ and of course, last years performance at Bloodstock. I also can’t help but feel that the forthcoming and new CD release ‘Seven’ will also be added to that list and I will be keeping my eyes wide open for more news from the band about that.

There is one thing that no one will ever call a live performance from Vicious Nature and that is boring! Every second of every minute on stage is always rammed solid with something to capture the mind and then of course there is always that caustic sense of humour from the one and only, Andy Pyke. As for tonight’s set list, well that was one that the Giffard was most certainly all ears for and with their finest tracks included, I don’t think anyone could have asked for more. In addition to the prime metal delivered in tracks such as ‘Salvation, ‘Breathless‘ and ‘System Of Disorder‘, we were also given a hearty helping of Black Sabbath’s ‘Symptom Of The Universe’ aswell as the storming Marshall Law track ‘Leviathan’ but show stealers tonight for me were two new tracks ‘Psychotic‘ and ‘Rise Up‘ which will both feature on their forthcoming CD.

Tonight’s set list from Vicious Nature included:

  1. .Fight For Your Life
  2. Salvation
  3. Dream Stealer
  4. Bleeding
  5. Draggin Us Under
  6. Breathless
  7. System Of Disorder
  8. The Silence That Kills
  9. Psychotic
  10. Rise Up
  11. Symptom Of The Universe (Black Sabbath)
  12. Leviathan (Marshall Law)

Next outing for Vicious Nature will be the Midlands Metal Crusade in Wolverhampton on the 25th November, so if you missed out on tickets to see them tonight, then don’t hang about to long before getting your tickets for that as that will be a day to remember for sure.

Big shout out also going in the direction of Damaged Rose Promotions for putting on one hell of a great night and also to James Prosser for doing an A+ job tonight with the sound and lighting.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle