VENDETTA (USA) – Vendetta +1 [Retrospect Records remastered] *EXCLUSIVE*
While signed by major label Epic in 1983, American hard rockers VENDETTA only LP “Vendetta” (1984) remains pretty unknown for fans of the genre. Fortunately Retrospect Records unearthed this forgotten album and put it on CD for the first time.
Produced by famed in this matter Max Norman, “Vendetta” rocks hard ‘n heavy with a sound reminiscent of Y&T, just more straight riff-driven and punchy.
Despite of being a trio, the group delivers a quite huge, big sound with multi-tracked guitars and a vocalist in the vein of KROKUS’ Marc Storace in his ‘American’ era.
Check out ‘Jet Eye Knight’ and ‘Babylon Rocks’ for 2 examples of some seriously excellent hard rocking tunes in the arena-ready styling. ‘Hellcat” adds a heavy groove to the bottom, while ‘Deadly Like A Rose’ is very ‘deadly’ indeed.
As extra, we added a rare demo from the recording sessions that never made it into the final track list.
Soon after the LP release, VENDETTA disbanded, with bass player joining American AORsters URGENT (USA) and later THE WORKS (Canada).
If classic 80s US hard rock with the emphaisis on the ‘hard’ but also plenty of melody is your thing, check these guys out, you’ll love ’em.
A very welcome re-issue from Retrospect.
01 – Night Time
02 – Jet Eye Knight
03 – Can You See Through Me?
04 – Power Of The Union
05 – Babylon Rocks
06 – Deadly Like A Rose
07 – Hellcat
08 – Bite Your Lip
09 – Hard Head
10 – Winding On Down
11 – Heroes (Demo)
Niki Buzz – Vocals, Guitar
Klyph Black – Bass
Terry Fox – Drums