Volture - On the Edge (prod. by Ryan Waste, Dave Gibson)
The time has come for Volture's new album to be revealed….There is a new frontman (Jack Bauer); there are new moves, and new sounds….and these are all good things. From bands like Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Parasytic, and Humungus comes an album so heavy that it’s heading towards hell. On the Edge is full-throttle heavy metal that heads into speed metal territory left and right. “Ride the Nite,” the second track, sort of represents this album as the mascot - tearing through their licks and tumbling into a cavalcade of crashing cymbals (Barry Cover). The music makes you want to drive as fast as these dudes are rocking, so no riding dirty.
"Brethren of the Coast" opens with the sound of waves and dock/boat ropes before stacked unison airy guitars (Nick Poulos, Dave Boyd) play a prelude and then head into the underpinnings of the track to come. Minimal percussion (high hat clanging) soon gives way to thicker, heavier beats and faster, righteous shredding. It’s almost two minutes into the song before Bauer starts spewing some illness, occasionally interjecting his melodies with metal falsetto. It’s also interesting to notice that different instruments travel from left to right channels in stereo, switching it up so the ear can’t get too comfortable. Who wants to? Let’s ride!
Many metal bands are, in my opinion, guilty of keeping the bass track too low in a mix. There really just isn’t enough low end cutting into the innards. Once I focus on where the bass part is, it’s fucking ridiculous. Since bassist Ryan Waste also produced this album, we at least can surmise that he doesn’t have an inflated ego. If anything, let’s hear you more. Sure, perhaps the goal was for the guitars to float over everything, but that ends up in a treble-heavy mix that could dig a little deeper.
Check out these dates:
Oct. 6th - Richmond VA at MacCormick’s Irish Pub
Oct. 11th - Oakland CA at Eli’s Mile High Club
Oct. 12th - Reno NV at Jub Jub Thirst Parlor (w/Diamond Head/Raven)
Oct. 13th - Santa Rosa CA at Arlene Francis Center
Oct. 15th - San Francisco CA at DNA Louge (w/Diamond Head/Raven)
Oct. 16th - Ventura CA at BillyO’s
Oct. 17th - Los Angeles CA at The Vex (w/Diamond Head/Raven)
Oct. 18th - San Diego CA at Brick by Brick (w/Diamond Head/Raven)
photo by Tony Lynch