Vice Killer - Alone, in This World
Vice Killer delves into a bit of Joy Division’s inherent giddy gloom on “Alone, in This World”. Their post-punk ethos is flawless – from the hit of the drums to the angular taut riffs it all works. Best of all are the detached vocals that seemingly rise above the rise of the sound in a sense of true purpose. When all these many layers are brought together the resulting spirit is something that truly stuns. Popping with exquisite detail, they even draw a bit from the grimy realism of some of Velvet Underground’s decadence.
They set the atmosphere immediately for his voice is mixed front and centre of the entire thing. By allowing it all to flow from his intrepid, clear-eyed focus the track simply expands from there. Drums have an emotional cadence to them for they have a nimbleness that works perfectly in unison with his voice. Grooves go for a low-slung grace to them as they make sure that nothing ever truly stops them. Indeed, one of the nicest things about the sound is how it simply does not stop no matter what, instead becoming a truly unruly beast, one that has a wild-eyed gleam in its eyes. For the latter half, they gradually lose control giving more and more of the sound up to chance as the rush has a catharsis to it.
“Alone, in This World” shows off the timelessness of Vice Killer in creating a classic bluesy series of riffs, the things that come to absolutely stun.