Vigilance are a band from Slovenia that has been featured before in this zine and played a mixture of speed and thrash metal while the newer material sees them leaning more towards blackened heavy metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Hounds Of Megiddo" which was released by Witches Brew Records.
A very dark and ritualistic sound starts off the album along with some melodic guitar leads that are also a very huge part of the recording before going into more of a heavy 80's influenced metal direction where you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the riffs also use a great amount of melody.
After awhile the music starts bringing in more of an early speed metal style along with some rough vocals that are in more of a first wave black metal vein and you can also hear a touch of early thrash at times and some of the leads also bring in a touch of NWOBHM and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the faster sections of the songs bring in a small amount of blast beats while the vocals also utilize a melodic tone at times and while the music is rooted in the past the way the band approaches this style gives it more of a modern feeling and they also bring in an instrumental track as the album progresses while a later song brings in a brief use of whispers and classical guitars and towards the end there is a brief use of melodic chants and they close the album with a cover of Bathory's "Sacrifice".
Vigilance moves away from the speed/thrash metal style of previous recordings and goes for more of a first wave black metal style on this recording, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism and Occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Vigilance and if you are a fan of first wave black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Satan's Funeral" "The Enchanter" and "The Tower Of Black Sorcery". 8/5 out of 10.
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