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The Vampires - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first demo effort from Germany's Vampires, with four tracks, all on the power side, varied in structure, and in pre-release demo form. There's no doubt that some time with a good studio and in careful mixdown will yield some very powerful surf. While it's trad based, it's also heavily influenced by much harsher realities and a sort of inverted fun. Unique and just a hint of things to come.
Picks: Vampire's Heaven, Baguette Attack, The Race, Ace Of Spades

Track by Track Review


Vampire's Heaven dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Vampire's Heaven" opens with surf sounds, but quickly moves into a thundering bass and massive reverb kicks, before launching into a "Casbah"-like assaultive track. Major twang, monster energy, and great second guitar work in support of one solid track.

Baguette Attack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy damped reverb second guitar under a slightly sad riff played out with some vibrato and some minor distortion. The whistling organ underneath supports without overpowering.

The Race dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big ugly guitar riff rockin' thrash surf, murky and throbbing. A pristine mix will bring out the tribal thunder locked within. There's a bit of spy, a lot of surf, and major power. There's promise of a great track here.

Ace Of Spades dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray and his Raymen's "Ace Of Spades" gets the ugly in the jungle treatment, as if the Linkster wandered off the trail at Jurassic Park, only to discover guitar sustain in a cave where dwellers crawled diagrams for guitar amps on the walls with red ocher many millennia ago. Primitive, just the way Link likes it.