Music Artists: Vulture Kult
Music Album : Don’t Let Rock N’ Roll Ruin Your Life
Record Label: Self-released
|Electric Medication||Vulture Kult|
|Don’t Let Rock N’ Roll Ruin Your Life||Vulture Kult|
|Vultures From Above||Vulture Kult|
|Avenue H.||Vulture Kult|
|Cyanide Hand Grenades||Vulture Kult|
|Go Loose||Vulture Kult|
|Welcome to the Land of the Dead||Vulture Kult|
|Movie of Me||Vulture Kult|
|Checking Out||Vulture Kult|
1. Electric Medication
Right away, Vulture Kult show that they mean business with one of their strongest, and meanest tracks. It sounds like Black Sabbath are the biggest influence here, which is a welcome addition to the supercharged “punk n’ roll” sound.
2. Don’t Let Rock N’ Roll Ruin Your Life
This could go down as one of the catchiest warnings/disclaimers ever put to record. It’s like the advice the rock star gives his son knowing full well it won’t be taken seriously. Melodic riffs and rock n’ roll grooves make this a must listen.
3. Vultures From Above
This track sounds a bit closer to stoner rock groups like Queens of the Stone Age, except with sleazier vocals. The chorus is sonically similar to Nirvana’s brilliant “Aneurysm” track. This is one of the best tracks on the album, and would appeal to Motorhead listeners as well.
4. Avenue H.
Straight forward rock n’ roll, “Avenue H” has a more classic rock feel that could benefit from either gang vocals or backups on the chorus, although it’s solid as is. A good-time road trip song.
5. Cyanide Hand Grenades
This track explores Vulture Kult’s signature sound, a fusion of punk rock and heavy rock n’ roll. It doesn’t match the splendor the first three tracks but it comes close.
6. Go Loose
A definite Fugazi/Iggy & the Stooges influence happening here, as the vocal lines take on a distinctive punk feel. Rhythmically it’s non-stop and fast-paced. This has all the makings of an anthem.
7. Welcome to the Land of the Dead
The band take a drastic turn, slowing the tempo and playing an almost jazzy number that of course, roars during the chorus at full blast once again.
8. Movie of Me
Here’s the departure point of the album. A depressive, keyboard-driven piece that almost comes across as if the protagonist/writer is questioning it all. All of a sudden we’re in Radiohead territory and that’s not a bad thing at all.
9. Checking Out
An instrumental interlude to allow the album to sail off. Similar to interludes by Stone Temple Pilots on some of their early albums.
Vulture Kult are a pleasant surprise from the Canadian depths of Saskatoon. A punk rock/rock n’ roll duo with obvious metal leanings and a healthy respect for the greats (Iggy Pop, Black Sabbath, Fugazi, Nirvana), this is a group who are realizing their rock potential through well-thought out material and a brazen DIY ethos. “Don’t Let Rock N’ Roll Ruin Your Life” is a thoroughly enjoyable listen and a fine addition to the rock pantheon.