Vulture Kult

Written by on October 25, 2012 in Music Reviews, October 25, 2012 - 1 Comment

Vulture Kult

The notion that “rock is dead” has been around for a long time now, and judging by what the mainstream listens to and what many bitter rock and metal fans will tell you, it certainly is. Radio rock has become more and more watered down, and it seems like every new band only aims to create a homogenized, palatable and inoffensive sound.

That’s what makes “Don’t Let Rock n’ Roll Ruin Your Life” by Vulture Kult so impressive. It’s early era AC/DC with the sludge of Black Sabbath and the aggressive punk rock romp of Iggy & the Stooges. Throw in some Josh Homme/Foo Fighters modern rock appeal and you’ve got yourself an interesting combination. It’s clear on a first listen to “Electric Medication” that this is straight-ahead rock, not conflicted in any way, and supremely confident in every way. There’s also a sense of fun to the band, who, much like the Beastie Boys, give the listener a sense of welcoming and brotherhood along with the necessary spirit.

Vulture Kult is made up of only two members, Hans Bielefeld on guitars/vocals, and Bradley Friesen on drums/vocals. Very impressive, and I don’t think they need a 3rd member any time soon. “Avenue H” particularly caught my ear, as it hit that early AC/DC mark dead on. Punk rock guitars and a solid rhythm section make this an instant classic. Hans Bielefeld’s vocals could scrape paint off the walls, raspy and full of attitude, and he’s chosen the perfect vehicle for it. “Go Loose” is the kind of song that could get a club really moving, and I get the sense that these guys would be a force to be reckoned with live. The album closes with a few welcome obscurities, namely the dark and revealing “Movie of Me” and the interlude/closer “Checking Out”.

Vulture Kult has both muscle and depth. “Don’t Let Rock n’ Roll Ruin Your Life” is an album for the naysayers. Rock lives!