July 16, 2011@The Union Station
I’ve been watching, and known Vital Malice for a little more that 3 years now.
These guys were pretty shy at first and I had a hard time getting them to open up. That all disappeared when they hit the stage. The had a quick count in, Kain started shredding, and they all started headbanging… violently. An immediate turn on for most metal heads is when a band look like they’re trying to kill an ogre with their heads; give the visual a minute to set in. It was impressive just to see them let loose, when just moments before they looked like they didn’t want to say two words.
Now, once the shock of them rocking out wore off, it was time to listen to the music. They are a well-rehearsed band that oozed heaviness. They had a very catchy, very hefty riffs that hooked even those standing at the back of the bar. Along with the guitar assault there was the thundering drums. CB’s feet were flying and his hands were beating down on the drums. Another things that drew eyes to CB was the fact that his drums were moving every time he hit them; he plays hard.
So you’ve got the head banging, shredding guitars, and thundering drums, what’s missing? How about vocals straight from hell? Well here come some of the best death metal vocals you’ve ever heard. Polly can growl with the best of them. Then out of no where, he starts belting out clean vocals, but not the whiny kind. It fits the music incredibly well and still manages to still feel metal.
Now I’ve given an almost comical review of this band, but they really are a great band. Their stage presence has only gotten better and continues to do so. Their skills as musicians continue to grow. The inclusion of all of their individual influences only helps their sound.
This is one heavy metal band that will not disappoint.