Black Tree Vultures – Debut E.P Review

written by Owen Jeffreys


The Black Tree Vultures who began their journey in 2017 is debuting their first E.P Sanity Isn’t Perfect next month, although after gigging around their local and surrounding area, The Black Tree Vultures has been accumulating excitement ever since. The metal genre really strikes out with the opening notes on the first song ‘Overrule Me’. The guitars feature a heavy distorted crunchy effect, with a slight electronic feel to it whilst the reverb effect really stands out in the opening. The vocals featured on Sanity Isn’t Perfect are well suited to the music, offering hints of Metallica and Pearl Jam through the use of instruments combined. ‘Overrule Me’ has great diversity with breakdowns, guitar solos, and intense build up points. It’s one of the most stand out song that the EP has on offer showing that correlation and cohesion are needed to make a song flow. The main appeal that really keeps jumping out is the use of Celyn Beynon’s vocals, showcasing talent and massive diversity using his voice to change the pitch and so well done, it could be considered perfection.

‘Holy Vultures Daydream’ kicks in with what sounds like a live performance which then kicks into a nice clean catchy guitar riff. The transitions in the song flow fluently, emphasising the drum fill in the song. ‘Doom Of Malakai’ shows similarities by jumping in with a few guitar slides although takes a moderately slow tempo, although really emphasises the depth that bassist Coner Stace adds to the track. After an instrumental minute of head bopping, the lyrics come in that brings a sense of influences to life. Being a band influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Black Sabbath, their sound has managed to combine an element from all, bringing the world a modern twist on the old-skool. Yet again the singing technique of the lyrics are not boring or repetitive, they are given uniqueness and are short and snappy just before the chorus. The song increases in tempo and the ear-catching guitar melody is complemented by a fast-paced drum beat by Jonno Smyth. The songs tempo transition is done superbly and the “Doom Of Malakai” is a great record on the E.P.BTV1

On the song ‘My Filthy Redhead’, the guitar solos really prove the skill of lead guitarist, Aaron Hammersley. The harmonic squeals are brilliant and the instruments really come together at certain points, proving that Black Tree Vultures know what they’re doing. ‘Thanks For The Memories’ hits out with a neat build-up, introducing the noticeable, combative drum beat. Contending for the most stand out song that Sanity Isn’t Perfect has to offer, it has a great chorus and a lot of originality to the song. While Black Tree Vultures have proven how their musical influences have come alive in their work, the band are quite clear in showing the direction in which they want to take and how they plan on doing so. ‘Thanks For The Memories’ is a song that is constantly changing little things subtly, keeping it fresh throughout. A perfect example is the guitar picking that changes into strong chords, and then a riff during the chorus.

The E.P is very well produced, and the talent of the band means they are capable of going as far as they want. Showing off their talents on each of the instruments, and each member having to stand out moments throughout, Black Tree Vultures have proved their hard-work and construction have paid off, making them one of the most stand-out metal bands in the UK.

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