British traditional metal outfit Vendetta
are ready to take it to the hilt once more
on the 23rd March 2012 with the release of
their eagerly awaited third album “World
Featuring ten scorching tracks, the album
has all the hallmarks of its forbearers;
blistering solos, pounding drums, steadfast
bass and impassioned vocals. Added to this
already staple mix is a refined melodic
sensibility and additional sonic elements
that bring a heightened depth to the band’s
sound. From its pulse racing opener “Halo in
Black” to the epic “All Your Setting Suns”,
it’s clear Vendetta have once again come up
trumps and delivered an album that any self
respecting metal fan will be proud to own.
On the new music Pete Thompson comments,
“Musically the album has many elements that
were apparent on our first two releases but
we have introduced some new grooves on
tracks like “Veil of Empathy” and “We Are
Legion”. With the track “All Your Setting
Suns” we have attempted our most complex
piece of music yet. We weren’t completely
happy with the rhythm guitar tone on the
last album so we have spent a considerable
amount of time getting a heavier sound. In
terms of the vocals Ed has gone for a
grittier approach and he’s hitting some
bigger top notes on some tunes. We have also
introduced some sampled dialogue for the
first time on the track “Machtpolitik” so
there are several new elements to go with
the traditional Vendetta sound”.
The bands previous releases have seen Edward
Box gain praise for his intelligent lyrics,
an area which once again been given a lot of
thought, Edward comments, “In terms of the
lyrical approach, a lot has been happening
in the world since our last album was
written so we’ve tried to touch on some of
those issues. The track “Blast Radius” is
about the effect of the global recession and
the arrogance that led to it and “Lords of
Chaos” is an attack on the world of finance
and banking. Tracks like “Halo in Black” and
“Veil of Empathy” deal with different
aspects of celebrity culture and the other
songs touch on more typically Vendetta
themes such an the inner psyche state or the
joys of Heavy Metal!”.
Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the
industrial north east of England, Vendetta
was formed in late 2005. Guitarist Edward
Box had already released two solo albums on
Lion Music (“Plectrumhead” and “Moonfudge”)
but had grown tired of the genre and so
wanted to try out some vocal inspired
material he had written. Calling on his old
friends, guitarist Pete Thompson and bass
player Gary Foalle after just one practice
one thing became clear; to do the songs
justice, forming a fully armed and
operational band was the only option.
Drummer Mick Robson was seconded from fellow
rockers 300 ft Gorilla to help out and the
job of learning Box’s compositions began in
earnest. By summer 2006 the band was ready
to record and twelve tracks were completed
over a hot August. Ed’s first port of call
was Lion Music and a deal was swiftly hooked
up. “Tyranny of Minority” hit the racks in
September 2007 and it was indisputably
apparent that the band knew their genre
inside out. From the anthemic “Generation
Kill” to the bone crushing “I Executioner”,
the album was a carefully crafted calling
card that received a series of first rate
Around this time the band sought the
services of a permanent drummer and Lee Lamb
was swiftly recruited to the ranks. With his
hard driving and no nonsense style, Lee
fitted in straight away so the band drew on
this new found energy and wasted no time in
booking a series of gigs. These culminated
in a special guest appearance at the
Storming the Castle Festival in
Northumberland and headline shows at their
local 02 Academy in the heart of Newcastle.
In between live work the band also set about
writing album number two. The time spent
gigging had really made them gel as a unit
and contributions and ideas came thick and
fast from all members. Released in November
2009, “Heretic Nation” was received with
open arms by the metal community and made
several critics’ year end lists. Consistent
and focused, it featured an array of world
class tunes and the band produced videos for
the tracks “My Revelation”, “New Horizon”
and “Killing Time”. Of particular note was
the improved rhythm section and vocals.
Vendetta had heeded some of the criticisms
levied at their debut and had responded
After more live work the band got down to
the business of creating a new record.
However this coincided with a series of
personal setbacks for various members and so
it became clear that album number three
would have a difficult gestation period.
Turning adversity into a rallying cry the
band called upon on every ounce of its
professionalism to deliver what is their
best work yet – “World Under Fire”.
02. Halo in Black.
04. Veil of Empathy.
05. Blast Radius.
06 Lords of Chaos.
07. Fragmented Reality.
08. The Ghost Inside.
09. All Your Setting Suns.
10. We are Legion.
Edward Box – Guitar and Vocals
Pete Thompson – Guitar
Gary Foalle – Bass
Lee Lamb - Drums
• Third album from one of the UK hottest up
and coming traditional metal bands.
• Essential listening for fans of Iron
Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio, Heaven & Hell
• Promo video for 'Halo In Black' now on
• Reviews in leading rock press (printed and
web) and adverts at key marketing locations.
• Vendetta are available for interview.