LIVE IN BELGIUM EP

EP REVIEWS

Ramzine

Vicious Nature – Live In Belgium EP

From the West Midlands to the Wizzfest in Belgium isn’t too far a stretch, and three years down the road into their career it’s where you would have found Vicious Nature this spring, delivering their collective metallic goods to an enthusiastic crowd. Things went down so well in fact, that in playing back a recording of their set they decided to release them as a three track EP, the aptly named Live In Belgium.

With ex-Marshall Law members Andy Pyke (vocals) and Andy Southwell (guitar) leading the frontline, and former Cloven Hoof drummer Jon (JB) Brown kicking up a storm in the rear guard alongside bass player Mark Culley (ex-Cerebral Fix) there’s pedigree among them with influences that take up the heavy metal gauntlet from the eighties onwards, with a nod and a wink to power metal and a more than firm handshake to thrash too.

Seven albums in and having supported the likes of Deep Purple and Motorhead in Europe, Southwell had to leave Marshall Law due to a hand injury. Fully recovered, a chance meeting with Culley who he’d played with during his youth gave momentum to the formation of a new band. Since then the quartet that is Vicious Nature has forged ahead, playing locally and on the festival scene, taking in the likes of Hammerfest V and most recently Wizzfest. Whether it’s a financial consideration or reacting to modern listening tastes, EPs are how the band have been choosing to commit their work to posterity and positive reviews, as too this latest live one.

Each of the three tracks featured on Live In Belgium has its merits, but it’s a curious beast. Listen to one of the songs on its own and you appreciate it, listen to the triumvirate of recordings together and it’s an altogether more synergistic experience, but the moment it stops you’re waiting for more. Talk about keeping fans eager.

It begins with a bellowing introduction from Andy Pyke as they deliver ‘Salvation’ dripping with tuneful angst and rage over a guitar sound that is colourfully corrosive as hard jagged riffs are met with pummelling drums, giving way to a chorus melody that I can only liken to the clown from Stephen King’s It movie about to come and mug you. With a solo thrown in for good measure, then near the end the band briefly easing off the pedal to play with the song’s rhythmic dynamics shows they’re not one-dimensional and that it’s all quite seamless is pretty impressive.

Segueing into ‘Killin Me’ it’s akin to a couple of prize-fighters working their aggression out in a moshpit only for Vicious Nature to add vocal harmonies and come over surprisingly cute as they sing the murderous lyrics of the chorus, while Southwell pulls out a Van Halen-influenced guitar solo to further reveal his creative palette. Aggression for its own sake does little for me musically, but the variety of tone and timing offered over these tracks, and so tightly played and sung, keeps my attention; doing so until the end as ‘Draggin Us Under’ veers between military style thrash precision and early Sabbath downer grooves, leaving you with the quandary of how you’re going to hear more without seeing them live yourself.

Paul H Birch. October 7, 2015

TheMetGodsMeltdown

Vicious Nature
Live in Belgium
Release Date: September 2015

Hell Yeah, Vicious Nature return with a vengeance! Having played the prestigious Wizzfest, the band captured their live appearance and bestow upon the world a three track Pure Heavy Metal live EP.

Its that good you could be there in person, banging your head, and punching the air in a frenzy of pure unadulterated love for all things Metal, and boy do these Midlands rockers shake things up! Frontman Andy Pyke has the place jumping, becoming instantly hooked with my personal favourite Vicious Nature track “Salvation”, Andy Southwell on guitar unleashes some fine chugging riff's, combined with Mark Culley's bass, and Jon "JB" Brown's drums batter and delight as the track progresses you can feel the good time rocking, the delight and enjoyment of the crowd as the band work their magic on the Belgian masses.

“Killin Me” in your minds eye opens hells door with its unflinching and powerful chorus, it bewitches you and has you singing along and showing the horns.

From the “Salvation” EP we get the final track the superb and wonderful “Draggin us Under” it stupendous delivery melts your ears with its guitar solo and mesmerizing beats that please and enthral you.

This band as I have said before with their previous two EP releases deserve so much success lets hope it happens as this is pure unadulterated Metal that needs to be ..NO MUST! be heard and adored.

The band will return to Wizzfest next year and hopefully will get to play the bigger festivals as well and get the attention they rightly warrant!

Tracklisting:
1.Salvation
2.Killin Me
3.Draggin us Under

Dave Evans

VICIOUS NATURE.'Live In Belgium'

In March, Vicious Nature, the UK's purveyors of high quality Speed Metal hit the 'WIZZFEST' stage in Belgium and - well, judging by this - they tore them a new one. The quality of the set and the sound is a joy to behold. Songs like opener 'Salvation', the eerie doom-laiden 'Killin' Me', and the barbed guitar menace of 'Draggin' Us Under' see messers Culley and JB stripping the paintwork and rattling the foundations to such an extent an inspection was duly requested for safety reasons. Southwell peels off riffs from his Jackson like his very life depends on it, a truly taught performance that makes us the listener question how one man can sound like an army?.

Lastly, the air raid siren that is Andy Pyke forever challenges the audience to "move one step closer" as if angling for a fight. His vocals still soar in a way that would make Rob Halford lose sleep. However, he never loses sight of the 'show' and is as engaging as ever. Great musicians and vocalists can either slip into a comfort zone or, like VICIOUS NATURE, they can keep challenging themselves and keep evolving.

One listen to this E.P and we can be assured of one thing, Metal is alive and very well indeed. !!!!

8/10

Tracklisting;

Salvation
Killin' Me
Draggin' Us Under.

SALVATION EP

EP REVIEWS

The Mayfair Mall Zine

Artist: Vicious Nature
Title: Salvation
Label: Independent Release

Vicious Nature has done it again! They have released three tracks of neck breaking metal to rock you to the core. The title track opens proceedings and like a whirling dervish on speed you are led into a maelstrom of banging heads, and barricades bent out of shape as the band deliver five minutes of kick arse metal. It’s instantly likeable and if I still had hair it would see me wind milling. This is how Metal should be, none of your screaming, growly stuff, although I admit I like all the genres, but this is classic sounding metal delivered with verve and energy with a cut throat guitar solo as the track approaches halfway.

I love the opening to 'Breathless' its lyrics and guitars smack and crack into your conscience, the musicianship is superb as you would expect from a band with such a pedigree, and experience in their previous bands, this should be played by Metal / Rock stations 24 hours a day, its stunning. Final track is 'Draggin Us Under' chugging guitars and metal delirium emanates from your speakers, its heavy , deep and seriously kicks backside! As I said in my previous review for the 'Fight for Your Life' EP, this band will have you transfixed with pure metal vocals from Andy Pyke, shattering drums from Jon “JB” Brown and the truly mesmerizing guitars from Andy Southwell and the thumping bass of Mark Culley.

Vicious Nature were formed from the ashes of Cloven Hoof, Marshall Law and Cerebral Fix these guys have delivered another amazing jaw dropping performance with 'Salvation', I really feel this band should be playing Download on the main stage, headlining and touring Europe, if there is any justice in the world they will get what they deserve, already the EP has had rave reviews and been featured on Johnny Dooms Planet Rock Show. Check out this band I am telling you, in no way will you will you be disappointed, See them live, grab a hold of this EP and the bands previous EP 'Fight for Your Life'! We will also be featuring the EP on the next Metal Meltdown as well!

Review by: Seb Di Gatto

The Midlands Rocks

Review by Dave Evans

Last year Vicious Nature released their debut EP, Fight For Your Life, containing three instantly impressive slabs of metal that demanded your attention. So when I heard the Midlands band had recorded some new music I immediately contacted them to request a copy to review. It goes without saying that a band that contains ex members of Marshall Law, Cerebral Fix and Cloven Hoof are going to bludgeon your senses with a barrage of riffs and full on intensity.

The band continue where they left off with the opening track ‘Salvation’, JB’s pummelling drums and Andy Southwell’s stomping riffs and pinched harmonics instantly see the bar raised a notch, and with Andy Pyke’s almighty metal god vocals we are given a glimpse of what Pantera would have sounded like with Rob Halford at the helm. Vocally, he effortlessly moves through the gears, low end belly-roars one minute, lung-busting shrieks the next and the guitars soar and attack in equal measure throughout. In fact it is hard to believe at times there is only one guitarist such is Southwell’s depth in playing. The solid rhythm section nails everything down tightly in what is a mighty opening track.

The impressive intensity continues with ‘Breathless’, a very apt title as we the listener is instantly battered into submission by the machine gun assault of Southwell’s guitar. This is punctuated by Pyke’s atmospheric vocal delivery adding welcome drama to a song that motors along with a, dare I say it?, ‘commercial’ sensibility, the kind of sound FFDP have been bringing to large venues across the country. Yet vocally, I have to say it is even more impressive than the aforementioned with greater depth and variety. It is proof metal can deliver all the goods but without being stuck in top gear.

This is exemplified with the final track ‘Draggin’ Us Under’, which I must say arrives all too soon. It is a song that comes straight out of the traps like a riffing demon and then cleverly changes gears before you get too comfortable. Southwell’s guitars poke at you like a bar room bully with a broken bottle. Pyke’s vocals are spat out with venom like a man possessed. There is no room for excess fat here, the bass and drums are packed in tighter than a U.S prison cell and messers J.B and Mark Culley shake their musical fists like goading bystanders with an eye for a fight. Quite simply it is powerful music played by musicians on top of their game, there is no room for baggage everything on display is essential to the cause.

The band has produced an EP of the highest quality in terms of song writing, musicianship and production. This can only be achieved by musicians who truly know what they want and how to get it and that only comes with experience. This, however, is a band with its feet planted firmly in the present. The past glories of its members serve only to enhance what is a very special body of work, and this will propel them to new heights. There are large venues and major festival stages that will be enhanced by their presence. Of that I have no doubt.

Vicious Nature – Salvation EP - 9 out of 10

Track listing:

1. Salvation
2. Breathless
3. Draggin’ Us Under

Brutiful Metal Radio

If you read my reviews regularly then you'll remember that I did one last October for Vicious Nature's debut EP 'Fight For Your Life', after witnessing them live and laying waste to the stage and crowd with an incredible performance at the first Rock & Metal Circus Festival.

That seems very fresh in my memory but the four guys of Vicious Nature don't seem to be hanging around, are already back with EP number two 'Salvation' and again they've played a blinder. This is another three tracks of thunderous Heavy Metal led by the seemingly unstoppable force that is vocalist Andy Pyke. Once again Metal Church and Primal Fear spring to mind as well as many US/Euro metal acts but it's all done with a nod to the 'now' and thanks to Andy's recognisable voice and the excellent guitar work of Andy Southwell, bass of Mark Culley and drums of Jon 'JB' Brown very, well...Vicious Nature. This band have their own identity and it really shouldn't be long before we are hearing a lot more of them!

'Salvation', is the opening, title track and it's a pounding, mid-pace, moshing beast of a track that is absolutely going to go down a storm live. Lyrics are spat out with huge ferocity and plenty of melody. I said it in the last review but Andy is improving with age all the time and I've been listening to this man sing for many years. Time changes are placed in exactly the right place and everything sounds superb thanks to a big production from Owen Davies and the band. The remaining two tracks 'Breathless' and 'Draggin Us Under' are equally as bestial and if anything this EP is darker, slightly slower and more 'Vicious' than the first!

My good friend and DJ 'The Metal Priestess' has already been playing tracks from this EP regularly on her 'Metal Asylum' show at Brutiful Metal Radio and they are going down well. I certainly cannot wait to see this band live again and, if you are in the UK, will get a fab chance to see them play S.O.P.H.I.E Fest at the 'Rock It' venue in Tamworth on Saturday 24th May. I urge you not to miss them, please just mind the crater they will leave in their wake!

Vicious Nature are another fantastic new band playing the music I adore and they really deserve an army of fans shouting their name. Ignore them at your peril!!

8.5/10

Review by Rick Tilley

Mind Noise Network

You like heavy metal right? That's probably one of the reasons you're right here reading the pages of MNN. Well I think you might enjoy this...

Without further delay, meet British heavy metal quartet Vicious Nature. Rising from the ashes of former acts such as Cloven Hoof and Marshall Law these guys are here to pummel you with some classic, no frills heavy metal (just like the old days) with some huge riffs, dark vocals and all while adding their own little flavour here and there.

Earlier this year the band released their new EP "Salvation", a most suitable antidote to all that manufactured tripe parading the airwaves at the moment. Each one of it's three tracks succeeding at tearing your face fresh from your skull with the absolute highest quality British metal heard since it's 80's heyday.

Opening track "Salvation" is a true belter with sticksman Jon "JB" Brown starting things off with his precision kick-drumming and six-stringer Andy Southwell's high calibre fretwork immediately giving you the impression that these guys mean business. Shortly thereafter we are introduced to vocalist Andy Pike - effortlessly weaving through vocal harmonies like the industry greats. Finally the glue holding this well-oiled machine together is bassist Mark Culley. (On a side-note it's great to see a band who understand how important the bass is to their compositions as so many modern metal releases seem to lose this in production before they're released.) With it's epic chorus it's hard not to envisage this song being greeted by an energetic crowd's pumping fists and singalong in venues around the country.

"Breathless" slows things down, but really shows off each of the individual member's talents. Far from a ballad you can be sure that the band will be showing us more of this side of them in the future, as the band's sound really excels on this song.

Back to the heavy with "Draggin Us Under" and by far the highlight of the EP. Pike's deeper tones remind me a little of Machine Head's Rob Flynn and Southwell's riff/solo combination on this song is one of the best I've heard this year for a band still waiting for their career to truly take off.

After having the pleasure of catching these guys on tour with Redline last month, they put on an absolutely fantastic show (check out our live review on our gig review page!) and if you get the chance to check them out we can't recommend it enough.

With the release of "Salvation", Vicious Nature have really set the bar high and the anticipation for their album will only grow when people hear what they've been capable of on this EP. Personally I can't wait to see what else these gentleman are going to treat us all to, and you can be sure to check right back here on Mind Noise Network for a review.

Review by James Salt

Metalmark - Heavy Metal Time Machine

Formed in 2012 and calling the West Midlands their home turf, Vicious Nature is a heavy/power metal band with two separate three-track EPs to their name so far in 2013's "Fight For Your Life" and this February, 2014 release, "Salvation". With a formidable line-up in place featuring ex-Marshall Law members Andy Pyke* (vocals) and Andy Southwell (guitars), one-time Cloven Hoof member Jon Brown (drums) and bassist Mark Culley (ex-Cerebal Fix) and the seemingly relentless urge to craft something fresh and unique for themselves this UK-based group has beefed-up what was already muscular heavy metal to begin with! What Vicious Nature started on "Fight For Your Life" they no doubt intended to finish with "Salvation" and that is all thanks to a clear-cut strategic approach that finds the sheer force of this jagged-edge band matched only by a haunting sound that perfectly conveys the bleak despair and total darkness of N.W.O.B.H.M.-infused metallic doom**! For this UK four-piece a EP like "Salvation" is the proper steeping-stone to get from point A) unsigned to point B) signed and adored by the metal masses! Vicious Nature is more then just the individual talents and their respective resumes. This is heavy and harsh dark metal from a traditionally-minded power metal source that is not to be reckoned with or ignored! You can find "Salvation" and the band's other recommended EP, "Fight For Your Life", online here: http://www.viciousnature.co.uk/

*Besides playing with the well-known Marshall Law, Andy Pyke has performed with the likes Damien, Viva, Damage, Inc., Detroit and Hurt!

**A little slice of Jon Brown's past life in Cloven Hoof perhaps? Maybe some Witchfinder General on steroids?

FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE EP

EP REVIEWS

The Mayfair Mall Zine

Artist: Vicious Nature
Title: Fight For Your Life
Label: Independent Release

The excellent Vicious Nature were formed from the ashes of Marshall Law, Cloven Hoof and Cerebral Fix, they have recently played Hammerfest. This band are mind blowing, they are totally excellent and with these three songs the band have taken their music up to the next level and really don’t sound anything like their previous bands.

These rockers from the Midlands UK deliver a three track E.P. of scintillating Metal to stretch your neck muscles to and have you punching the air and showing your horns!! The track opens with 'Fight For Your Life' and instantly grabs you by the scruff of your neck. This will have you cart-wheeling and banging your head into oblivion as Andy Pyke, (A pure and true Metal singer previously of Marshall Law) commands you to 'Fight For Your Life'. Thunderous drumming emanates from Jon “JB” Brown, and I am sure he never quite decimated the drums with Cloven Hoof as he does on this opening track and indeed the other two tracks on this E.P. There are razor sharp guitars from Andy Southwell and thudding bass delivered by former Cerebral Fix member Mark Culley. This band play powerful metal that will have you transfixed.

'Sliding' will please fans of Judas Priest and seriously kicks ass. It slides into your consciousness and destroys your brain cells! Some nifty guitarmanship is the order of the day half way through and is In a word … Excellent!

Final track 'Dream Stealer' is a track I could imagine becoming a crowd favourite. It’s catchy, punchy and delivers. It ticks all the boxes, with crushing blows. The song has everything that any self-respecting Metal-head will love and adore. If after a few listens you aren’t absorbed and wanting to hear more from Vicious Nature ... then there is no hope for you! This is a gem of an E.P., it's top drawer. The only gripe is there aren’t any more tracks!!! I would recommend keeping an eye out for this band!

Review by: Seb Di Gatto

Roarrock

Right then, as you can imagine we get loads of demos sent through to us, well last week my good mate JB sent through three tracks from VICIOUS NATURE.

Vicious Nature is the new metal out fit from the Midlands that will without a doubt be kicking shit up very soon. Who are they? Well the pedigree of the band is undeniable, let me introduce you to the lads.

Andy Southwell – Guitar (ex Marshall Law)
Mark Culley – Bass (ex Cerebal fix, Drown)
Andy Pyke – Vocals (ex Marshall Law)
John “JB” Brown – Drums (ex Cloven Hoof)

So they got together in the rock and metal mecca that is the West Midlands and I shit you not the three tracks I got are nothing less than pure classic slabs of metal.

Fight For Your Life is a solid, double kick drum led piece of metal with solid riffs, pounding bass lines and pure metal vocals from Andy, if you want to ask who they sound like well on this I guess you could laminate Priest, Saxon and maybe a touch of Nevermore and you're close (but that’s a personal take of course). The chorus will lead to much head banging and crowd choir moments “I’ll be there”.

Next one on the old laptop is Dream Stealer, Now we’ve all met these fkrs who lead you on then steal your every thought, but not many of us write a song about it. Demonic riffage that is slightly Sabbath-esque coupled with deep and powerful growls really lay the tone for this track. Again double kick attack from JB (personal note here! JB great to hear your back on top form mate). Dream Stealer will no doubt become a live classic when the lads get out, it’s a real head nodding piece of metal.

The last one I had through is called Bleeding All The Way, and by fk it starts with a solid riff and moves into the main part of the track with an effortless swagger. You can hear this band have come from bands that had success, it’s a simple matter of hard work, writing ethics and knowing what makes a great metal track, so I would have been shocked if this had not worked, but what has shocked me most is that fact of how well it has worked. I mean no disrespect here at all, but when some bands get together made up from other bands in can be a car crash! This however is the return to glory for all four guys.

Andy Pyke's vocals, in my opinion, are stronger, more angst driven and powerful than they have been in years, great to have you back AP. Both Andy S & Mark are pounding out face melting guitar and bass lines that drive these tracks and are working great together. JB is playing on top form, kicks that are timed well, solid skin pounding and true return to top class form.

So you if you love your metal and want to check out some great new British metal check the lads out.

Review by Samh

Brutiful Metal Radio

What we have here is the three track debut EP from Midlands, UK based four piece band Vicious Nature and the only complaint I can make is that it's only three tracks! If you dig pure Heavy Metal which hits you like a trip-hammer and takes a few layers of skin off in the process then Vicious Nature are the band for you. Fans of Judas Priest, Primal Fear, Grave Digger and especially Metal Church are going to love this band and what's more there is some serious pedigree behind the name!

I hope they don't mind me saying but the members of Vicious Nature are veterans of the scene. Vocalist Andy Pyke fronted Marshall Law for many years as well as numerous other projects which have seen him play with some of the best in the business, guitarist Andy Southwell has also recorded many albums with Marshall Law as well as other projects and is heavily influenced by the likes of Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen, bassist Mark Culley was a member of Cerebral Fix and drummer Jon 'JB' Brown thumped the skins for Cloven Hoof and others. Of course a group of well respected and talented musicians getting together doesn't guarantee results, but in the case of Vicious Nature this lot have struck gold.

There is something fresh and invigorating about this band. You can hear the excitement coming through in the songs and I don't think I've heard any of them sound better, Andy Pyke sings like a man possessed, and the guitars and rhythm section are all superb. As already mentioned, Metal Church (The Dark & The Human Factor eras) appear to be a huge influence, especially on the track 'Bleeding' and that's a good thing because I love Metal Church. Vicious Nature certainly aren't copying anyone though and in 'Dream Stealer' they have a bona fide classic on their hands which is going to go down a storm live!

Vicious Nature have only been together a little over a year and on top of this fabulous EP have already played at Hammerfest (no mean feat) as well as a string of smaller festivals. I would strongly suggest you check them out and if possible see them live because they put on a cracking show. I just cannot wait for a full length album!

Review by Rick Tilley