VICIOUS ART - FIRE FALLS AND THE WAITING WATERS - CANDLELIGHT
Aside from the alliteration in the album's title (a combination of the band's song titles), the Swedish newcomers are good at delivering solid death metal. No fancy melodies, no silly keyboard runs, no enchanting and alluring female vocals; just undefiled honest to badness death metal. The band features former Dark Funeral and Grave musicians and it shows. The compositions are seasoned, the rhythm section very tight - watch those drum beats go! - and the sound is as thick as a US Marine's skull. Be it early Gorguts, Grave or Krisiun that you like, these vicious artists have something for you. - Ali "The Metallian"
VICIOUS ART - PICK UP THIS SICK CHILD - MIGHTY
Whether the ‘full stop’ on the album’s cover is meant to signify something elemental or is really meant to be a comma – that would make the title a command issued to a sick child – is unclear to me, but explicit otherwise is the solid and brutal nature of Vicious Art’s death metal. With somehow abstract (Dancing Münchhausen anyone?), but certainly risqué, lyrics and a repertoire of big, unyielding and compact heaviness as songs the Swedish gathering of death metal veterans has issued an album that is a cut above. The album features the trio of fast, mid-paced and slower songs without a single filler or deviation from the band’s standards. Vicious Art is not Hypocrisy in other words and hence will never be big, but that in itself might be part of the merit and the attraction. As such, there is no reason fans of Grave, Dark Funeral or older Entombed might not want to look into this. – Ali “The Metallian”