Vicious - Vile, Vicious & Victorious (Sound Riot Records) - Back
Certainly, as I've always stated, there is room for much more Swedish death metal and that is what this is! Vicious stems thrash metal to melodic death metal making their debut album, "Vile, Vicious & Victorious" a very stunning triumph. Throughout this 9 track and 35 minute opus, I sense much influence from guitar-chopping thrash bands like Forbidden, Exodus, Venom, and thrash/death metal gods- Pestilence. However, you can hear alot more influence from such bands as The Crown, Carnal Forge, and At The Gates... as more and more people are starting to sound these days. That is my only shred of speckled criticism on this new onslaught of Vicious metal! There are even some Death-like technicalities thrown into the mix just to throw the listener for a hook. Honestly, the name of the band is quite accurate for a change. At least it wasn't something like- Ghastly Black Impalement or Kykampeög... haha. I think this is what I enjoy the most. A band whose not afraid of their melodic/aggressive formula and whom anybody can actually pronounce their name. The track "Trigger Needs Some Action" is without a doubt, something extremely satisfying for anyone into metal! Fans of Carnal Forge, At The Gates, Death, Carcass, Venom, etc.... should check this out. I guess that means almost everyone!

Rating: 90

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell