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CD REVIEW: Vulture Kult - Don’t Let Rock n’ Roll Ruin Your Life

By: Cyrus Rhodes




Artist: Vulture Kult

CD: Don’t Let Rock n’ Roll Ruin Your Life

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://vulturekult.com

Genre: Rock N' Roll, Punk, Alternative Rock, Jam Bandl

Sounds Like: Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Mudvayne, AC/DC, Foo Fighters

Technical Grade: 8/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Electric Medication, Avenue H, Cyanide Hand Grenades

Weakness: A Few short-sided songs, short-sided catalogue, More solos please  




Canadian Band Vulture Kult just released their latest CD entitled Don’t Let Rock n’ Roll Ruin Your Life released in 2012. Reading from their bio: Conceived in the spring of 2008, Vulture Kult is a child of the cold Canadian prairie wind and snow from where they hail. Born from the discontent of pointless cliques so prevalent in the current music scene, VK forced themselves to take a different road and see where they would end up. Well Played!

The CD kicks things off with well with “Electric Medication” a slamming rock groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against no holds barred guitar driven vibe with  heartfelt vocals from that takes no prisoners. Track 2 shifts gears a bit with the title track a melodic  follow-up piece that serves up an impressive follow-up piece that flows and ebbs it’s way though to emotional fruition with it’s grand slam chorus and catchy vibe. Track 3 “Vultures from Above” keeps things rocking with its melodic guitar ambience, classic Jam Band feel and off the charts musical intensity. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Motley Crue, Black Sabbath,  Mudvayne, AC/DC to Foo Fighters with perhaps a dash of The White Stripes. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven punk-rock CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are gritty but deep in your grill. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a modern Psychedelic-Rock aftertaste. The vocal style works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity is off the charts. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note and song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From grooving “Avenue H” to rocking “Cyanide Hand Grenades” to heartfelt “Movie of Me” dynamic “Go Loose” to slamming “Welcome to the Land of the Dead” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 9 “Checking Out” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.  

Track 2 the title track is a bit short and feels like an incomplete statement to me. It’s fair to say the CD is a bit short with it’s 9 song line-up. Perhaps 4 or 5 more songs are needed to really seal the deal as a full length release these days. I also wish I Head a few mind numbing solos throughout.  

This latest release Don’t Let Rock n Roll Ruin Your Life by the Vulture Kult is a solid musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of Saskatoon, Canada. The music is dirty, rock solid, heavy and consistent and all about Sex Drugs and Rock n’ Roll. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. What am I trying to say? VULTURE KULT ROCKS!!!!!!!!  

Cyrus Rhodes


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