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RELEASED ON 12/1/2006
Torch The Trophy
posted on 7/2007 By:
Many of you may not have heard of Vengince, but the name is well known in their native Bay Area, CA, having plugged away for over a decade in one form or another. They’ve released four demos and a full-length along the way, and cultivated a very fruitful relationship with the Jagermusic program, which has enabled this six piece to head out on their first U.S. tour and put out their second official release, the four-track Torch the Trophy EP.
“But what about the music,” I hear you all asking. Well, it’s a bit difficult to categorize. The title track starts off with a very Dark Funeral-esque intro before settling into a more straightforward, keyboard-accented heavy groove. It has a metalcore feel – crashing riffs and breakdowns - without actually being metalcore, and is probably best described simply as heavy. “Caskets and Coffins” is musically similar but is set apart with a pro-soldier/anti-war message and a smattering of soundbytes. Ironically, “Forced to Remember” is a bit forgettable, following the same basic formula yet again. Thankfully, closer “Typecast” brings the keyboards back to differentiate it and create some good atmosphere around the solid riffs. The shout/growl vocals sparingly diverge into clean passages throughout, and there are a lot of random guitar sounds filling in the background to keep your ears tingling.
I have to admit I was more excited about this when I first heard it, but over time have found that, as a whole, it gets old pretty quick. The tracks are all just a bit too similar. Taken one at a time, though, you may find yourself becoming a repeat listener. I’ll be watching them to see if they expand upon the more interesting elements of Torch the Trophy on their next release.
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