VORTEX - DRINK BAT BLOOD
MIGHTY MONSTER RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
Dutch band Vortex is one of the oldest heavy metal bands that I know from our
neighboring country, and perhaps they are one of the purest bands around. Going
back to the early days, would take a trip too far and too long, but let’s say
that the foundation of Vortex happened around 1980. As usual, they suffered many,
many line up changes, and if I would count all former and past members, it would
be about 20 musicians.
The band was also put on ice for about 10 years, but it seems like they
are back with a vengeance, and stronger than ever before!
And that’s good news, as Vortex are bringing their songs with a lot of
power, just straight forward Heavy Metal, and believe it or not, they add an own
stamp on their music, which is rather unusual.
first EP was called ‘Metal Bats’ (released in 1985), followed by ‘Open The
Gate’ in the following year. After they were disbanded, they released albums
like ‘Hammer Of The North’ (2003), ‘Welcome To Metalland’ (2005) and now
it’s time for the newest highlight: ‘Drink Bat Blood’.
I guess that the title of the album refers a little to their very first
EP, and has great heavy metal artwork,
as we know them.
album was recorded at ‘Mighty Monster Studio’ in Germany, together with the
professional help from producer Sasch Menschl.
They teamed up and created 8 songs that are really interesting to listen
Some songs are pretty high speed, others are pumping tracks with a heavy
I can’t mention my favorite tracks, as I love them all. It’s that
One day, I would prefer ‘Oblivionimous’, while I prefer title track
‘Drink Bat Blood’ the next day.
And that’s the power that contains this disc, and Vortex can be proud
There are a lot of songs that will do great during live gigs, as the
audience will have the change to interact with the band.
Many young musicians can learn from this heavy metal band, as their
attitude is great, their arrangements are solid and the songs are stripped of
all its frills and trimmings. This is just so pure, that we can conclude that
the saying ‘less is more’ fits perfectly!
must say, that it was already a while that a heavy metal band brought so much
pleasure to listen to, well, Vortex did it, and I would say, keep up the good
work for another 30 years !
My rating: 89 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
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