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Canadians VHS have never been one to take themselves too seriously, and their latest full length ‘We’re Gonna Need Some Bigger Riffs’, is a fine example of their infectious, riotous take on death metal. It is out at the end of July through Rotten Roll Records and HPGD Productions.

After a suitably sinister and dramatic intro (‘Full Scream Ahead’), VHS charge into the fray with the thrashy chug of ‘Zombie vs Shark’. Lacking any semblance of subtlety but riddled with virulent riffing, VHS immediately infect you with a desire to bang your fucking head. Imagine if Municipal Waste played death metal and you’ll be on the right track. It isn’t all high speed stuff though, as the grinding ‘Rooting for the Villain’ adds a nice change of pace. At a sprightly 30 minutes, that change of pace isn’t needed but it is still good to have. The worst thing a band can be in today’s scene is one dimensional, but VHS have that covered.

VHS have got a great sound, and are doing something a little unique in the world of death metal. The riffs are heavy, the brutality is real and yet there is a true sense of fun and irreverence. ‘We’re Gonna Need Some Bigger Riffs’ is definitely worth checking out, and with songs as strong as ‘Oozing Bubbling Black Mass ‘ and the crushing ‘Marine Monstrosity’, you’d be a fool to ignore them.

Screaming Mad Gore cover art

VHS are Canada’s answer to a metal melting pot, and their ‘Screaming Mad Gore’ debut on Splatter Zombie Records is a veritable smorgasbord of different influences, from classic B-movie schlock with thrash, punk, death metal and enough splatter to fill that thirty four minutes. It’s got a pretty straight to the point cover too, which is refreshingly not lurid colours!

If you blink, you might miss some of the more high speed tracks here, particularly the breakneck title track at a brief but battering eighteen seconds. There’s a definite muddy death metal influence over the rapid fire thrash riffs, and the endearing smash and grab of tracks like ‘Stomped’ and ‘Choke on It!’ betray an early 90s Florida vein. Mix this with a snotty, punk/thrash attitude, and lashings of 80s B-movie gore and you’ve got the recipe for something pretty damn entertaining.

The longer, slower tracks are also pretty good too, showing a different thread to the blood stained bow of VHS. I particularly like the rumbling ‘Fornicating in the Furniture Store’, and the positively rocking ‘Hairspray and Bloodspray’ with its 80s hair metal riffing. VHS have injected a healthy dose of fun and musicianship into a record that could have easily been one dimensional and bland. ‘Cavity Crawlers’ and ‘From Inside’ bring to mind prime Autopsy, while the gloriously manic ‘Radioactive Rat Attack’ is another highlight of a record that keeps on giving!