A Review of the Debut Album "Go and Live...Stay and Die" by German Thrash Metal Band Vendetta
What is the Title of Vendetta's Debut Album? What is its Musical Style?
Vendetta is one of those German bands that are largely forgotten and this could be because they were out of the public eye a long time. They were inactive from 1990 through 2002. In 1987 they released their debut album called "Go and Live…Stay and Die." Like many bands of that period, they had that 1980’s sound and there were either screeching vocals or those low and rough ones.
The Album Cover, Booklet and CD for Vendetta's Debut Album
How Does the Album Begin?
The first song Suicidal Lunacy is a song that is basically about a person that abused drugs his whole life and he lost this game of life before he started to play. Did he live in his own hell this whole time? There is a part of this song where the vocals sound like a better version of the Japanese thrash band Sacrifice. The song is basically trying to say that anyone who ends their life by abusing drugs is a lunatic. The title track is a song about discouraging foreign workers in Germany particularly the Turks that came to Germany as guest workers. Trash pickup was seen as a job that was well beneath the dignity of the German people. The song is trying to say that Turks see the writing on the wall and they should go home. There is that fear that the same dangers that existed during the 1930’s could happen again. Traitor’s Fate is a song about a group of men that are like metal warriors whose only objective is to squash those that they deem to be traitors to the state. I would infer that the album’s title probably means that wherever humans choose to go and live in this world, if they stay in that country they will stay and die.
Cons of the Album
Already, the album may be the weakest of this band’s career because it relies too much on speed and the same kind of shouting vocals that we would have heard in the decade of the 1980’s.
The Album Go and Live...Stay and Die the Rest of the Album
The song System of Death starts with an acoustic guitar part similar to how many songs during that time period had that kind of song structure. The song is about the horrible effects of war as men die at the front lines. At this time the “Reds” as they were known by was the main foe of the international community. The song also criticizes the idea that more weapons or money will bring security. These systems of death or wars will not really bring peace or security. Just because a war ends in a certain country does not mean that there will be a war in another country. Security cannot be bought by spending money alone. A wise and effective foreign policy is the best answer. The very fast song called Drugs and Corruption is a song about how the rich people dominate the world by making drugs and corruption a major part of their strategy as the poor are basically targeted and left to die. Revolution Command is a song that encourages the common people to stand up, protest, demonstrate and fight against those exploitative forces that always try and keep the lower classes in the levels of poverty.
Overall this debut album from Germany’s Vendetta is decent but their 2007 album called Hate is much better than this one.
Overall grade: 70 out of 100 points
"System of Death"
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