ALBUM REVIEW: Vitja – Thirst

Release Date: September 6th 2019
Label: Arising Empire
Website: None available


Hailing from Germany, Vitja have amassed a large underground following, and now, with a new signing to the Arising Empire roster, we witness their latest release, ‘Thirst’.

Beginning like a futuristic time beam opener, ‘Light Blue’ echoes with distant synths and impactful chords that relay the somber drudge of regret laid forth in the lyrics. Gabriel Spigolon gracefully conveys his message in a mixture of smooth vocals, and shouts that apart from interspersed background effects retain their original authenticity.

Spiraling into metalcore breakdowns, ‘Instinct’ mellows with rhythmic bass lines from Mario Metzler that steadily crescendo into a chorus of bouncing guitar riffs and solos before curtailing into a brief nu-metal rap section. Launching between the distant verses and emphatic choruses, it’s an excellent display of dexterity and execution.

Ratcheting up the intensity, ‘Silence’ takes up a technical metal approach, focusing on pure guitar accuracy from Vladimir Dontschenko and precisely timed kick pedals from Daniel Pampuch who combine seamlessly to traverse the complex time signatures. The extra aggressive edge mixed with an onslaught of guttural screams and growls while still retaining the clean parts adds an extra welcome dynamic to proceedings.

Symphonic movie soundtrack ‘Those Years’ allows for the synths to shine through, with an opening of light dub-step beats and pianos that combine with a background of guitar chords to create an ethereal atmosphere for Spigolon‘s clean vocals. Ensuring that the light doesn’t stay too long, following number ‘Voices’ quickly casts asunder with confrontational riffs and roars that are a great juxtaposition against the clean sections.

There’s a lot to chew on within ‘Thirst’, and, despite it being a lengthy thirteen tracks, they’re mostly kept below the four minute mark, and, as the song format is gradually shifted between the angel and devil on your shoulder, the entertainment factor is kept at a maximum.