Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, April 13, 2018

Vitamin X - Age Of Paranoia


It's not every day that you get a new Vitamin X record, and the latest offering from Vitamin X, Age Of Paranoia isn't just a potent musical statement but also a record that straight up guts the listener with hardcore magic. Of course this album sees the band moving quite a bit further than before, and though they have always embraced diversity the crazed solos, borderline bluesy riffing and thrash metal inspired vocal assault makes Age Of Paranoia a delicious step in the musical journey of these Amsterdam hardcore maniacs. 

There is a sense of fun throughout Age Of Paranoia that makes it incredibly easy to get lost in. It's the kind of record that you want to dance along too, just because the touches of old school punk inspired magic sink their claws into you and refuseto let go. Thebands top notch production and deep understanding of tone can't help but to impress and the mix is glorious and wonderfully clear. Toss in a few guest solos from J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr and Bubba Dupree of Soundgarden and you find yourself with a record that isn't just full of huge names, but also incredibly well put together and tastefully executed. 

It's hard not to have a good time as you bop along to Age Of Paranoia. Songs like No One have the sort of blasting, almost NOFX-esque magic that gets so many people into punk in the first place. This is of course counterbalanced by punishing hardcore attacks and a sense that the entire thing could explode at any given moment. This is fun, over the top and borderline dangerous music that inspires us to keep on driving as we strive to understand what it's all about. Crazed and delicious, Vitamin X remain as potent as ever. 

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