Bootlicker Vanize-Bootlicker (Breaker) 1995

1. "Bootlicker" (3:48)
2. "Train to hell" (3:20)
3. "Whips and chains" (3:39)
4. "Call of the Hunter" (3:44)
5. "One law for them" (3:30)
6. "Night Hunter" (3:38)
7. "No time for heroes" (4:02)
8. "The Healer" (4:39)
9. "R.I.P." (5:17)
10. "Tomorrow" (5:50)
11. "In the Eye of the Storm" (5:02)

Not unlike the Van Zant brothers, the Dirkschneider brothers not only sound amazingly similar vocally, but brother Peter's band even takes on a similar sound musically to his brother's bands, U.D.O. and Accept. It only took me hearing one song to convince me to begin searching for this band. Unfortunately none of their albums are available in the U.S. Vanize are 100% neck-snapping, head-banging, heavy metal. The entire album will slice you apart and spit you out with it's killer riffs, shredding solos and over-the-top shreiks. I may be commiting heavy metal blasphemy here, but I would even dare to say this album is as good as some of Accept's best discs.

I actually met Peter when U.D.O. and Saxon played in Santa Fe, as he was running his brothers merchandise table. I think he almost fell over when I recognized him and questioned him about Vanize. I asked him if there was any chance of his band signing a record deal in the States, to which his reply was a full on laugh. I took that as a NO. Anyhow, nice guy, great band! Have to find more of his discs now.

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