VANDAL X "Songs from the heart"
(Labelman, LM 002)
Songs (click on the -icons
for audio) 1.
3. It's a God
4. The Residence
5. Kill my baby
6. Bad Mood
7. Congo '98
10. Double minded man
11. The president
12. Point blank
14. On your head
15. The bank
16. Business a use you all
17. I run
18. The Doctor
19. The stud
20. The Boat
Produced by Steve Albini
- Jo B. & Bart T.
- Raf W. (piano), Akai HX-A301W
Recorded at "Electrical Audio", Chicago, USA, November
Artwork : Nassernico.
Incredible what an amount of f*cking noise can be produced by 1 guitarist-singer
+ 1 drummer. Such as on this cd.
Occasionally, there's a song in between al this f*cking noise, such as on "Bad
(that doesn't contain f*cking noise at all), "Happy" or "On your
More often however, there's a mean old loud riff with viciously hit drums and
angrily spitted vocals. References for this f*cking noise : the groups of their
famous American producer Steve Albini (Big Black, Shellac), Rage Against The Machine,
Bad Brains & Ozzy Osbourne.
Other points to recapture your breath amidst the f*cking noise are the sampled
inbetweenies with dialogs from all kinds of B-movies, language lessons, speeches
& the lot. At times these "interludia" are quite funny and colourful
(such as on the thrilling "The bank"),
and do they tempt interviewer to ask questions such as "when are you guys
gonna write a soundtrack ?". A nice change from the usual questions such
as "Why do you make such f*cking noise, such as on the tracks "Outrage",
"It's a God",
"Happy", "Bullit", "Double minded man", "Secrets"
and also "I run"and "The Stud"" and "Did
you think of the witty title "Business as Use You All" yourself ?".
For those that like a bit of f*cking noise, this cd is without a doubt very OK.
In my opinion, it's another bad case of Blues Explosion.
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This Album in the Press
- Karlien Fluit in Rif-Fraf, March '98 : "Vandal X reminded us with
their second longplayer "Songs from the heart" of the use for earplugs.
After their debut "Louder than Anyone" they digged in really deep and
heard they could get even louder. Armed with a razorsharp guitar, a ruthless drum
set and a flamethrowing sample, Vandal X mows you down".
- Tom Peeters in Teek, April 1999 : "Songs from the heart" containts
20 capricious guitarsongs that we'd situate in the liver-area rather than in the
heart-region, but at the moment there isn't anything better from the Flemish alternative
noise-department for sale. A watertight guarantee to make your ears tingle"
- Kurt Blondeel in De Morgen (March 10, 1999) : "The style "Songs
from the heart" is very close to Helmet, Unsane & Albini's own band Shellac
: overwhelming hardcore/noise, that received a stripped down yet dynamic sound
from Albini, both cold & scorching at the same time".
- Surf-inn : "Vandal X came back from Chicago with an astonishingly rich
album, and now is ready to start kicking some serious ass. Twenty poisened arrows
with steel rhythms, weird samples, slogans for lyrics and a grinding guitar in
the leading parts".
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