Vatican
Ultra


4.5
superb

Review

by Matty USER (4 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2022 | 19 replies


Release Date: 06/17/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm "Ultra" Impressed

I want to talk about Vatican today. This band singlehandedly made me excited for the future of metalcore and even heavy music in general. Their succinct songwriting, tense lyricism and considerable rage are infectious and considerably better than other bands attempting to do the same thing. Vatican prove on this full-length record that their passion for heavy music is alive and they are willing to put a lot of effort into crafting excellent songs, fiery breakdowns and even a few hooky melodies along the way.

The album comes out firing all cylinders and continues this pace for 11 out of the 13 songs on this record. “Slipstream Annihilation” features lyricism related to presumably a parent of the vocalist preferring their vice to their own son.

“I have forgotten the pain of not
Having a name to dignify (Dignify)
Numb from the freezing light of your indifference”

The rage of the instrumentals matches the pained and tortured delivery of the vocals. The musical build-up unleashes into insane syncopated chuggy breakdowns; off to a great start.

Instead of going track-by-track and describing in great detail how fantastic each track stands on it’s own merit, I’ll just point out some of my favorites. “When Heaven’s Collide” shows a different side of this insanely technical and heavy band, bringing in sections of clean vocals and soaring melodies featuring tons of emotional weight. The single “[ULTRAGOLD]” features some more of that relentless chuggy and technicality that this band leans into and executes so well. “By Your Love” is another softer cut with great melodies and a great feature from Nathan Hardy. Finally, “N.U.M.B. (Neutralize Under Maternal Bond)” is as emotionally hard-hitting and violently intense as any other of the tracks on here but the lyrics are so nuanced and tormented; you can really feel the pain from behind the pen.

“So pitiful, it seems
To watch your lives, like neoprene
Ill-stitched into my hands
You fray so quickly in the flame”

It goes without saying that this is one of my favorite releases so far this year. Each track tells a succinct and powerful story of pain, loss and hopelessness while featuring blistering riffs, pounding drums, booming basslines and impassioned vocal performances. This will probably be in my top 5 heavy records of the year. I highly recommend if you enjoy technicality, precision, almost the relentless nature of math-core bands yet with discernible grooves and breakdowns. The band is Vatican, and the album is Ultra -good.

4.5/5


user ratings (44)
3.5
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
parksungjoon
June 22nd 2022


44637 Comments


u relaly put a band called orthodox in the rec section lmao

album cover looks like its from deus ex hr/md

pjquinones747
June 22nd 2022


3654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

orthodox fuckin rips so i'll check this for sure

Digging: for your health/Shin Guard - Death of Spring

mkmusic1995
June 22nd 2022


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

deus ex goes hard



orthodox is a killer band, loved that last album

Digging: Kaonashi - Dear Lemon House, You Ruined Me: Senior Year

pjquinones747
June 22nd 2022


3654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

checked this out! really solid stuff. nothing here absolutely blew my mind but its a style in the genre that i really appreciate. 3.7/5

mkmusic1995
June 22nd 2022


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad that you gave it a listen and enjoyed it. I'm finding these smaller bands are really outdoing the bigger bands in the genre at their own game

Zac124
June 22nd 2022


207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review! Yeah, this hasn't clicked with me. N.U.M.B. and Did You Ever Notice I Was Gone was alright to be fair. Hopefully, this will get better on repeat listens.

Digging: Death - Individual Thought Patterns

Laen
June 22nd 2022


787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good album

botb
June 22nd 2022


15398 Comments


This band has always felt so corny to me but they have riffs

sr388
June 23rd 2022


76 Comments


bought tickets to see them and spite on a whim, gonna give the full album a spin

mkmusic1995
June 23rd 2022


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

glad to see so many people checking it out. That spite/vatican show is sure to be a ripper. looking forward to spite's new album in the fall too!



bigweinerdon
June 23rd 2022


2241 Comments


boys this rips

Digging: Billy Woods - Aethiopes

dswhite85
June 24th 2022


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FFO: Gwen Stacy, I talked to the vocalist on Reddit for their AMA, he said he was influenced quite a bit by the Gwen Stacy vocalist, FYI.

Lender
June 24th 2022


177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Digging this album a lot. Surprise of the year for me so far.

naughtcturnal
June 24th 2022


2266 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lovely review. Album sounds to me like the ghost inside trying to cover meshuggah. Not a fan but it might grow on me

Digging: Eggs of Gomorrh - Wombspreader

KrillBoi
June 24th 2022


110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay this goes too fucking hard, I can't sit still at work.

autoNamed
June 26th 2022


195 Comments


God damn this fucks

Daedus
June 27th 2022


232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Boilercore.

Purpl3Spartan
June 28th 2022


4090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this rips

sr388
July 3rd 2022


76 Comments


saw these guys tonight, great show



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