VESSEL OF LIGHT - Last Ride - Reviewed By Bravewords ! Check it out here at this link: https://bravewords.com/reviews/vessel-of-light-last-ride
Fourth album from doom band Vessel Of Light with guitarist Dan Lorenzo (Hades/Non-Fiction and Ron Lipnicki (ex-Overkill) on drums. Between Lorenzo's riff, Nathan Opposition's vocal tone, opening tune "Last Ride" feels and sounds like a hybrid of '70s Sabbath, and Alice in Chains especially in the harmonies during the chorus. "Disappearing Act" continues with the consistency, and wow, vocals in those lonely somber verses is very AIC. If you are looking for a band that captures the ‘90s grunge sound, well here you go. Excellent Iommi influenced ominous riff in "Torture King", but unfortunately the verses just plod too slow, sits there like a bag of sand. The chorus has a big swing of the hammer, just wish it had some more momentum as the song progressed.
Opposition has a fitting voice for the genre, a mix of monotone and melodic. "Carving Station", again too slow, like Crowbar or Down. "There's No Escape" would have fit perfect on AIC's album Dirt. "Web Of Death” flows better, more appealing, the riff and rhythm section with kick in its step. "Voices Of The Dead" includes a classic Sabbath break, moody bass, during the verse as the doomy riff return for the chorus, and a much needed change in the tempo romp last quarter of the song.
Given the style and approach to songwriting, ten songs that sounds too similar to each other. And could use a few more guitar solos. Not my thing as reflected in the rating, but may appeal to others. Oh, cool album cover also. - Rating: 6.5 - Bravewords
California's Nomad Eel Records signs VESSEL OF LIGHT
Three years ago Cleveland's Nathan Opposition and NJ's Dan Lorenzo recorded their debut EP for Italy's Argonauta Records . Vessel of Light are now about to deliver their fourth record in less than three years. The first single is Last Ride which is also the name of the new release on California's Nomad Eel Records . Opposition and Lorenzo had previously recorded the single/video Son of Man from their Woodshed album before adding former Hades bassist Jimmy Schulman and longtime Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki.
Vessel Of Light were in the middle of playing shows in March when Covid hit. The silver lining? Instead of releasing Last Ride in 2021 the band will now drop their opus Last Ride October 23rd.
"In both Hades and Non-Fiction we kind of fell apart after the second release", said Lorenzo. "I've never released four albums in less than three years for multiple reasons-one being that I've never been this inspired before. I had music to about ten songs written before we did our run of shows in March, but I wrote another seven during the lock-down. I was incredibly happy how smooth Ron and Jimmy came into the picture on our last release ( Thy Serpent Rise ) and we've only grown since then. Nathan never ceases to amaze me vocally. He outdid himself on our first single Last Ride. It sounds like it should be a hit-now I know and you know it's NOT going to be a hit song, but this is next level music. Not a typical uninspired band going through the motions."
Nathan Opposition stated, "I'm a big fan of horror movies and old school doom metal. I grew up listening to bands like Sleep, Electric Wizard, Eyehategod when I was 13-14 years old. Year round I'd be watching Suspiria , or Evil Dead, Dead Alive, Bad Taste and playing in punk and hardcore bands for years and years. when we started VOL Dan asked me to NOT write about the devil but he did mentioned he liked True Crime . Forensic files type stuff, I thought, "Oh it's on then!" That was the birth of the VOL content. The shadow man.
Jason Tarpey ( Eternal Champion , Graven Rite, Iron Age ) calls this " Arena Doom !"
" Living Dead to the World " is an appealing doom homage to everyone from BLACK SABBATH to WITCHFINDER GENERAL to SAINT VITUS - Blabbermouth
"This super-group of industry veterans consistently deliver amazing Stoner/Doom Metal in its most traditional, and awe inspiring form. I'm hooked, as every fan of the genre should be!"
Music Industry Insider and Co-Host of the nationally syndicated Rock Solid Pressure Show
"When I'm looking for a band to fill that slot that never disappoints, It's Vessel of Light. From original to cover. This is the group that fills the void."
* Host of The Foundry
Vessel of Light is one of the most relevant metal bands of today.
In a world with much noise, Vessel of Light cuts through it all to deliver some of the best metal being made today.
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