Review by Time Out
There are love ‘em / hate ‘em bands and there are love ‘em / hate ‘em / don’t understand what the fuss is about bands; The Vendetta almost certainly falls into the latter category. For five years now the band has been garnering fans that need only listen to a few seconds of their material to fall in love with them, while simultaneously driving away those who cant stomach their quirky, chaotic brand of smartass hardcore hip hop.
Blood Calls 2 Blood, the band’s third full-length outing, might sway those on the fence about the band for the better. It’s undoubtedly the band’s most mature record yet, with enough progressive flourishes to match an Anthrax album. In general, it feels like The Vendetta is taking a legitimate stab at staking its claim amongst the most respected hardcore-metal outfits. Blood Calls 2 Blood is the band’s most consistent album; there are hardly any filler moments, and nearly every riff and lyric feels like it has a rightful place on the album. One can tell that The Vendetta worked very hard to ensure that this record is nothing short of captivating from beginning to end.
Even so, fans should know what to expect with Blood Calls 2 Blood: perfectly precise musicianship, truckloads of staccato, technical riffs, steamrolling song structures, and powerful vocals that verge on veering out of control. As the albums blazes on the songs become more unique and the band, as always, surprised the hell out of me with its songwriting prowess. The lyrics and the featured artists in particular are stunning; while The Vendetta’s lyrics have always been above average, here they are simply incredible. The themes and whimsical lines of lyric shown in songs such as Price of silence impressed me to no end. All of this is belted out by the better-than-ever production!
I love Blood Calls 2 Blood – technically, it is The Vendetta’s best album to date – so ludicrously bombastic and very consistent from start to finish (the album actually gets as it goes along), there are just absolutely killer songs that you must listen to at least five times on repeat. Blood Calls 2 Blood is a rare album for me; it’s one that I can finish listening to and immediately go back and listen to again at least two or three more times in a row. By the end of the year I have a feeling that I’ll still be listening to it on a regular basis, marveling at the quality of songwriting and effortless technicality.
Blood Calls 2 Blood | Re-Released in October 16th, 2012 via Sliptrick Records
01 Sick Life | 02. Bitchin N Snitchin | 03. The Price of Silence (feat. G Fella) | 04. Blood Calls 2 Blood | 05. G Fella Skit (feat. G Fella) | 06. Shyne On (feat. Hot boyz) [Remix] | 07. Amerikan G (feat. Public Enemy) [Remix] | 08. Testin’ My Patience (feat. Lost Fam) | 09. Divine Warriors