Think the album is just too bad ass and you want to confirm that you’re not on crack…(well, no worries even if you are)? Here are links to some reviews and snippets from each.
The Metal Observer
“For a debut album, this is really an excellent release. There’s so much nuance, layering, and naturally structured riffing going on that there’s almost always something distinctly badass for your ear to latch onto, especially on a track like “Lie”, an enormous head-banging composition that’s Metal all day long. Other standout tracks like the jamming “Black Mountain” and the Southern-tinged “77 74” cruise about with infectious solos and moments of dramatic drumming. The songs aren’t short, the majority of them playing over the seven-minute mark, but again, when something as Bluesy and preposterously heavy as “Outride the Reaper” comes rolling forth, like it or not, you’re goin’ for that ride.”
“Brooding, dense, and with the right proportions of melody, VULGAARI’s debut should have Metal fans the galaxy over taking notice.”
“Talking about originality is only valid for a semi good album where an artist might have tried to push a certain genre boundary to some extent but when the overall music is such enjoyable as Vulgaari, you would want to swallow it with every way possible.”
“So we have already learned about how good Vulgaari is and the almost perfect ability to blend doom / death/ stoner genre giving a whole array for the fans to look into something crisp for the future. Not that it wasn’t tried out before but where Vulgaari stands out from the rest of the packs is mainly in the flow and texture of the songs.”
“Vulgaari is a 9 song 57 minute masterpiece of Stoner/Sludge Metal music. What they have done is got all the best aspects of Sludge, Stoner, Thrash, Death-Metal, Doom and put their own unique brilliant creative spin to release one of the best Crossover Sludge/Thrash/Stoner Metal debut releases I have had the pleasures to hear.”
“Vulgaari’s self-titled effort has the type of guitar work that is the sonic equivalence of a steak knife slowly piercing a person’s face from forehead to neck. It’s that crushing defeat, the agonizing pain that can only be snuffed by death, that equates this record to prime-cut sludge metal. It doesn’t hurt to incorporate some of the more rancid aspects of doom metal, or death/doom if you want to level it down to a specific genre type. If there’s one thing to take away from Vulgaari, it’s that they know how to make the most out of the concept of “harmony.””
No Clean Singing
“Based on those two songs, I will say this: Vulgaari bring down mountain-sized blasts of ultra-sludgy, catastrophic doom, riven by flashes of swirling melodic guitar melodies that echo off the collapsing granite walls. Listening is like an ethereal journey through space-time at the final implosion of the cosmos. It’s massively heavy stuff, but it’s a narcotic head-trip at the same time.”
“Vulgaari by Vulgaari will most probably disappear without a trace into the annals of metal…
…however for those that give it even a single listen it’ll exist for that time when life sucks, you want to get wasted and ALL other music fails.
And for that reason alone this review had to exist.”‘
“I can’t find a red flag here. Vulgaari break from the pack and serve every metal fan a dose of all they’ve ever needed. There’s no picking and choosing, no sampler pack. This is stoner-sludge-doom kissed with melodic power metal, all beautifully realized and well-executed. The steady burn makes you forget the ache, while the licks simply daze and astound. The next time some pretentious black metal prick in a Behemoth t-shirt wants to attack your patches or dismiss Post Progressive Blackened Avant Thrashgrind Thallcore, perhaps he’s just asking for you to introduce him to Vulgaari. Immediately after you punch him in the face.”
“Cubo de Sangre is a brand new label and Vulgaari’s debut is their first offering to the metal world. Goddamn, did they pick a great way to kick things off! From the gruesome cover to the massively heavy music, everything about Vulgaari is striking. This is one of the best sludge/doom debuts of recent years and already this band has surpassed the output of many more seasoned acts in their sub-genre.”
“Doom and sludge is the essence of Vulgaari, but dust that up with touches of death metal and heavy psych and you’ve got the idea. There is something about this band’s songwriting that elevates the tracks above the usual and makes them more memorable than the run of the mill sludge filling the racks these days. The heaviness is omnipresent and warm, thick riffs wash over you like a wave of cement with the opening salvo of “A World Created”. Lots of down-tuned bassiness on display here and the death metal influence comes with the roaring vocals that are pushed to the back of the mix.”
“So sheer wall-of-FUZZ heaviness is indeed a big part of their equation. But what makes their catastrophic, claustrophobic crush work for us is the way it’s interspersed with spacious ambience and eerie trippiness and sometimes out-and-out BEAUTIFUL guitar not-so-gently-weeping moments. Harmonies and all that. Gorgeous harmonies. Yeah, that’s a major factor contributing to the greatness of Vulgaari, they’re a sludge band that’s more than just about the filthy “sound” and the slowness (though they have all that checked off for sure), they’ve also got some melodic, very “metal” lead guitar shred going on too, which, with the occasional squealing lick, reminds us a little bit of Zakk Wylde. In the context, though, of druggy-spacey-evil atmosphere and uber-low-end chugging riffage, “bendy” riffage that’s usually in super slo-mo but sometimes speeds up to bulldozing effect.”
Metal Music Archives
“The opening track ‘A World Created’, which starts straight in the middle of a crushingly heavy doom-laden riff pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album. Making use of crunchy and brutal-sounding downtuned guitars, Vulgaari’s debut album does have a bit of a sludgy sound to it, but, for my money, it is much less generic and much more interesting than most ultra-heavy sludge metal I have come across. This is, at its core, doom metal.”
And here’s an interview for good measure.