By: "The Asian Invasion" Sean Harris
Release Date : June 6 2014
Skull Vultures are a band out of Vancouver, BC and they recently released their EP which is self titled. I've witnessed this band a fair amount of times live and they never seem to disappoint. Would that translate into a solid EP on their initial attempt?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Seeing them play shows is a treat. I feel they are one of the grooviest bands in Vancouver. That's very high praise, seeing how much talent is oozing out of the city. They've played a bevy of big name shows with the likes of Havok, Wretched, Anciients, King Parrot and Nylithia. They've slayed every time out and their future is very bright.
This 2 song EP further drives home the fact that these boys are a force to be reckoned with. Jason Puder's bass lines and harsh, shrill screams are as big and tall as his stature. He hammers on the strings with such destructive power that the overall product will almost blast your speakers into oblivion.
"Reclaim" is the first track up and it chugs along with an in your face tempo. The opening lyrics feel like Jason is standing right beside you, like he's leaped off the track to kill you. The double bass churns in and the super heavy riffs take over.
What can I possibly say about Eli Slamang's guitar playing? To say he's a virtuoso would be an understatement. He's one of those kid prodigies, the kind that quit school, stay at home all day and practice guitar for 12 hours straight. The composition is tight and his skills shine through.
"Only Darkness" starts with the groove bass turned up, but the guitar chimes in so beautifully. Everything works really well and Eli finally gets to show off his solo chops. As if there wasn't enough guitar players in town to make me feel inadequate about my own skills as a musician.
All in all, this is easily the best 2 song EP I've heard locally. It ranks really high up when it comes to any local band I've heard as well. These boys have set quite a precedent and I'm excited to hear more material from them.
A very solid 4.5 / 5 for me. The length is the only downfall. I need more!
Buy it now on bandcamp.
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