Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BRAIN DAMAGE (ex-Vendetta) (Germany): Born to Lose … Live to Win (2014)

Brain Damage (Germany): Born to Lose … Live to Win
Brain Damage is the brainchild of former vocalist/ guitarist of 80s thrashers Vendetta (Germany) (on Noise Records) Michael “Micky” Werner. While Vendetta did not reach the level of Kreator, Sodom and Destruction, the two albums “Go and Live … Stay and Die” (1987) and “Brain Damage” (1988) are albums that I listen to on a regular basis, and hold in high regard, and would recommend to anyone into 80s thrash. Vendetta is still active today, but without the main figures of Micky and Daxx (also vocals/guitars), and only the bass player from the old days, Heiner, today’s Vendetta is a different band in sound and vibe, as people have pointed out already.
In my opinion, this band here Brain Damage carries on very well the values of old Vendetta: thrash that does not forsake melody; social criticism; a similar songwriting style; and the familiar vocals. I have been listening to the album a lot and find a good quality recording with memorable songs. Actually, I find the album to be very good, to be honest. I did not know what to expect, as I don’t know what Micky has been doing. Metal Archives does not list a bunch of activity between 1990, when he left Vendetta, and 2014, when the album was released. It does appear that Brain Damage is something that Micky had been working on for years on his own, and he plays everything on the album, except for the drums. The band started out as a solo project, the band is unsigned and the album is self-produced. I was able to find the album on Amazon and got it there, as it is very reasonably priced.
I’m certainly glad that I got the album. Brain Damage is relatively varied between thrash and a bit more melodic metal, and it shows a serious effort to have good guitar work. This better not be the last thing we hear from Brain Damage! Those into traditional heavy metal and thrash should give this album a chance. It’s about 40 minutes, eight songs; quality, not quantity; no filler.
Contact: contact@brain-damage.eu
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Here are a couple of songs from the album. Give it a listen, notice the guitar work and the songwriting.
BRAIN DAMAGE - Anarchy
Brain Damage - Born to lose...live to win
In case you have more interest. Listen to the old Vendetta songs and see if it speaks to you about what is special about the band. If it sparks your interest, you'll figure out why this band's old albums have some devoted advocates. If you don't believe me, read for yourself on Metal Archives and see the rating the classic albums have. There must be reasons for that, correct?
Vendetta - Suicidal Lunacy Vendetta - Go and Live...Stay and Die
Vendetta - War
Vendetta - Brain Damage

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