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Vendetta - 1982 Vendetta



ARTIST: Vendetta
ALBUM: Vendetta
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: ARE 37971
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2009, Retrospect Records, RR-430

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Nikki Buzz - vocals, guitars * Klyph Black - bass * Terry Fox - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Night Time * 02 Jet Eye Night * 03 Can You See Through Me * 04 Power Of The Union * 05 Babylon Rocks * 06 Deadly Like A Rose * 07 Hellcat * 08 Bite Your Lip * 09 Hard Head * 10 Winding On Down


Background
A hard hitting trio with origins from Detroit and New York, put together by the industrious singer/guitarist Nikki Buzz. Brave of Epic to release this, but they obviously saw enough to convince them to go ahead. Big name producer Max Norman twiddled the dials for Nikki and the boys. Buzz certainly made a name for himself on the Detroit and New York scene during the mid seventies with his seminal rock/punk outfit Sun. They released a few tracks during the mid-late seventies which saw daylight on some local LP compilations. The musical direction of Sun was of a hard rock/punk style, similar to local NY band The Dictators.


The Songs
Vendetta though is a different kettle of fish. Melodic, powerful, and at times brutal. Initially compared to Y&T and perhaps The Rods, this comparison perhaps exemplified on the opener 'Night Time'. Remember this is a power-trio in the best tradition of hard rockin' three-pieces, and with Norman's production, the sound created would put to shame many four or five-piece outfits. The delightfully named 'Jet Eye Knight' (should George Lucas be seeking royalties from this Nikki??) ups the tempo significantly, while the smokin' burn of 'Can You See Through Me' powers through with Rods like intensity. Take a listen to 'Babylon Rocks'. This is fiery hard rock at its best - a great live number I bet. The manic guitar and OTT vocal shouts make this track an album highlight. Even 'Hellcat' maintains a scratch and bite musical attitude.

L-R: Klyph Black, Terry Fox, Nikki Buzz


In Summary
Why this album didn't do well when it came out remains a mystery. One can only point the finger at their record label Epic. Unfortunately, Vendetta only lasted the distance for one album. Buzz formed the band M-80 with lunatic asylum nominee Don Costa (ex WASP, Ozzy Osbourne). That band released two albums. Buzz moved over to Europe, initially the UK and then to Holland where he lives now. Black went on to join two AOR outfits in Urgent and The Works. A good album for rock/metal fans rather than the AOR contingent.


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#1 | gdazegod on May 20 2009 01:30:00
YouTube Video:
#2 | sabace on May 20 2009 14:16:29
agree totally with review, this lp reminds me why I love
hard rock in the first place! magic!
#3 | rkbluez on November 29 2009 14:50:34
Why this great hard rockin' album failed...two words...Epic Records! Nuff Said!

Wish a label like Rock Candy would do it...got the Retrospect version but it leaves a lot to be desired sound wise.

Still this was always an album I could sit back and rock out to all the way through...great stuff and great sound by Max Norman...one of he best metal producers of all time.
#4 | reyno-roxx on November 29 2009 16:44:19
I think it would depend on whether Rock Candy got the licence from Sony to re-issue it. I think it might be on the list.
#5 | Eric on November 29 2009 17:07:29
I remember watching the Vendetta video followed by CSN's 'Southern Cross' while standing in line at a K-Mart. Bought the album a few weeks later, but what are you guys hearing here? Very standard hard rock i think???hmm!
#6 | reyno-roxx on November 29 2009 20:13:07
I liked it when it came out. Still like it now. It brings back memories of the first imports at 'Shades' in London.
M-80 were rubbish though.....
#7 | RetrospectRecords on May 10 2010 02:59:00
We did the best we could with sound quality which actually surpasses most Renaissance Records horrible vinyl-to-cd offerings. And the main thing is that Nikki Buzz is getting paid, which WOULDN'T have happened if any other label released it (i.e. +cough+ Wounded Bird +cough+).
#8 | Schonschenker on November 29 2011 03:25:41
Niki Buzz can be viewed on Youtube, talking about the
blues, and playing with a blues progression backing track. He's old blues nowadays, similar to what
Gary Moore, Vivian Campbell, Brian Robertson, Pat Travers are up to. Good way to age gracefully. I agree with RK that Rock Candy would be the perfect outfit to redo this album. RC already has done artists from Epic - Ted Nugent, Blackfoot, Arcangel, Burning Tree, and Cobra.
#9 | super80boy on September 15 2013 20:56:30
Killer guitar riffs coupled with those soulful vocal pipes makes for a gem of an hard rock offering.
 
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