Vortex – Open the Gate (1986)

Band: Vortex Release: Open the Gate (Full-Length) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal Country: Netherlands Year: 1986 Label: Self-Released Buy from: eBay Note The first full-length record released by Dutch metal band Vortex.  This album is a considerable improvement over their 1985 EP “Metal Bats”, and is definitely worth the listen!  Overall, their sound on “Open the Gate” seems a lot more mature, which surely allowed for a better songwriting experience. Tracklist Open the GatesSoul KillerBastardsHorrible DollsGrowing PowerMassgraveThe Beauty and the TeethGlory GoneGet Out Rating: 88% Lineup Jurjen Tichelaar: Vocals Martjo Brongers: Guitars Berend Stegeman: Guitars Jon Roffel: Drums Jan Klemens:...

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Vortex – Metal Bats (1985)

Band: Vortex Release: Metal Bats (EP) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal Country: Netherlands Year: 1985 Label: Self-Released Buy from: eBay Note Reigning as one of the Netherlands’ finest heavy metal bands, Vortex are surely known for their distinct sound, as perpetrated by the gritty vocal stylings of Thundervox.  At times, this record feels like a conglomeration of Mercyful Fate tracks, but obviously not as powerful.  Nonetheless, “Metal Bats” is nothing but a solid EP; no surprises, no technical fillers… just raw and gritty heavy metal! Tracklist Gotta Get AwayWith Witches HelpRolling To The WarMetal BatsThe CurseAlienation Rating: 83% Lineup Thundervox: Vocals...

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