'Shocking Its Prey'
(Heavy Artillery Records)
Richmond, Virginia’s Volture is one of the many new bands around today that are valiantly keeping the classic sound of Traditional/New Wave of British Heavy Metal alive. Now, you never really know what these bands will have in store for you. Some are total flops, and others completely amaze me. Let’s just say that Volture, with their debut EP, 'Shocking Its Prey', have me very pleasantly surprised.
From the first listen of the opening title track, it’s apparent that, rather than the usual Maiden worship, there is definitely more Priest influence here, with the piercing vocals, upbeat rhythms, and of course, the truly magnificent solo. Dear readers, I am in love. The choruses catchy, the lyrics delightfully corny, Volture has me hooked from the first track.
And this doesn’t change as the album goes on. The following track “Heavy Metal Machine” is a masterpiece of classic metal, driving riffs and a soaring chorus lead to an incredible solo, and again, I’m completely and totally blown away. This whole whole EP is filled with anthems, and riffs any great band would kill for.
There’s really nothing on this album that can’t be loved if you’re a fan of classic metal music like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. With 6 tracks and only 22 minutes of music, Volture’s debut EP leaves me pumped, full of energy, and desperately wanting more.