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VORTICE

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Spain


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VORTICE is a Tech/Extreme prog metal band formed in Barcelona,Spain in 2004 and whose members include Llubet (drums),David (vocals),Alex (bass) and Pedron (guitars).

In 2006 VORTICE recorded a three song promo cd with the intention of strengthening their sound and improving their chops for their full length debut.In 2008 they released their debut album "Human Engine".

VORTICE'S music is comparable in style to MESHUGGAH,but along with tech/extreme their music also incorporates elements of math metal and post metal.

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3.54 | 3 ratings
Human Engine
2008
3.05 | 2 ratings
Zombie
2010

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 Zombie by VORTICE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Zombie
Vortice Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Zombie' - Vortice (6/10)

In my review of their first album, 'Human Engine', I noted that while Spanish math metal band Vortice was quite good at what they do, there was a lack of originality in their sound that obscured the quality of their otherwise powerful grooves and rhythmic ventures. The band whom Vortice ripped much of their sound from is Meshuggah, and while it is true that many bands have been inspired by Meshuggah to make likeminded music (binding themselves under the style label of 'djent' nowadays), Vortice didn't really add much to the formula of Meshuggah, instead seeming almost like they were intentionally replicating a sound that was not theirs. I therefore went into their second album 'Zombie' with the hopes that they would at least bring something a little different or even unique on their second time around. Sadly, 'Zombie' sees Vortice doing the exact same thing they did on 'Human Engine', and I would dismiss the album completely if it weren't for the admittedly excellent musicianship and killer grooves that the band plays here.

Vortice generally consists of heavy palm-muted riffs that repeat in order to get a steady rhythm going, lulling the listener into a sync of sorts which their deep rhythms and harsh, yet clear sound. The formula is one that Meshuggah pioneered and practically perfected, so there is nothing new to mine, or any math metaller's ears when hearing this. Even their singer has an angry shout that could pass for Meshuggah vocalist Jens Kidman any day. While I will never understand why an artist would want to merely copy another band's sound, Vortice indeed do it very well. There are not many melodies or 'pretty' sounding things here, but I found myself banging my head quite a few times as the album went on. Vortice have a really effective way of building up their rhythms, and while I cannot say much for these songs being memorable on their own, the whole of 'Zombie' paints a powerful experience of heaviness, intelligently calculated use of time signatures, and riffs that are great for leaving the ears ringing.

I cannot say that I am a fan of Vortice for the simple fact that they do not bring anything new to the table that other bands (or another band, in this case) haven't already done better before, but for what it is, it is a good piece of math metal that I could confidently recommend to someone who likes the style more than me.

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 Human Engine by VORTICE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.54 | 3 ratings

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Human Engine
Vortice Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Human Engine' - Vortice (6/10)

Had I turned this debut by this band off within the first three or four tracks, I would have dismissed these guys as being nothing more than a shameless Meshuggah clone, and moved on with my life. Indeed, Spanish newcomers Vortice take more than a few straws from the math metal titans, although there is more going on here than I originally gave them credit for. 'Human Engine' is the first album by these guys, and immediately, I can see these guys fitting into a tight niche with listeners set and ready to dive into their headbang-prone grooves and explosive rhythms. Although Vortice are evidently far from the most original outfit I've heard in recent times, they give a strong performance here.

Generally, the wave of bands that follows the style of pummeling math rhythms andguitar tones of Meshuggah have been labelled as 'djent', a style that's gained some surprising momentum over the past couple of years. However, I would not necessarily pile Vortice in with those bands. Usually, the djent bands would take Meshuggah's palm-muted riffs, and add a more accessible element to the sound, such as clean vocals or a more clearly defined sense of melody. Vortice on the other hand stick mostly to the sound and style of Meshuggah, at times almost to the point of replication. We have the lack of melody here, as well as the shouted vocals and unrelenting heaviness. At least for the first part of the album, Vortice gives absolutely not impression that they are anything more than a Meshuggah clone. The music is played as well as Meshuggah, and it is no less enjoyable than your average Meshuggah record. What makes it less impressive is the fact that Meshuggah innovated that sound, whereas it seems Vortice only attempts to emulate the glory of another. That's where my review would have stopped if this album had been comprised only of the first half of 'Human Engine'.

By the second half however, I start hearing some better things that began to indicate to me that Vortice really has alot of potential. There are more melodic sections here, and even a section towards the end that amounts to a very quiet and eerie buildup. Still, there is not too much to take Vortice out of Meshuggah's shadow, but it does indicate to me that there is potential for this band to get out of that gimmick and do something perhaps a little more... well, original, for starters. Vortice plays this style very well, and they get some great grooves across. The production is quite nice as well, albeit a little dry from the modern digital do- over.

Hopefully with albums released after the debut, Vortice will take their talent as musicians and their great sense of grooves and do something a little more distinctive with it. It is granted that not all bands are going to find a truly innovative style to work with, but at least in the case of these guys, bringing something new and fresh to the table could help them get out of the shadow of their big influence.

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 Human Engine by VORTICE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.54 | 3 ratings

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Human Engine
Vortice Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Human Engine is the debut full-length studio album by Spanish progressive extreme metal act Vortice. The album was released in 2008 through Holy Cobra Society Records. The album has 10 tracks and a playing time of 48:48 minutes.

From the moment I put on Human Engine there was one influence that came to mind and thats Meshuggah. There are many similarities between the two bands. Theres just no denying that fact ( it should be noted here that Vortice focus more on simpler grooves than Meshuggah). The vocal style is aggressive and deep yet not growling, the guitar riffs are crushingly heavy and tecnically complex and the skilled drumming by Llubet follows suit. Vortice is a powerful and technically skilled band. After listening to the first couple of tracks I was enjoying myself but I wasnt too impressed. Mostly because of the almost total lack of original ideas in the music but Im glad that I kept listening because slowly its like Vortice begin to reveal a bit of personality and suddenly I hear influences from bands like Textures, Vira and early Mastodon in the music too which means that the album is actually a bit more varied than what I initially thought it would be. A song like Schemes of Reality even has some sludgy elements. Towards the end of the album ( and the great ending title track with its subtle percussion element) my smile has gotten a bit broader and I foresee that Vortice will make some really great music in the future. They certainly know how to entertain this old horse.

I was only gonna give Human Engine a 3.5 star rating but Ive changed my mind and now my rating is 3.5 - 4 stars. Fans of the above mentioned acts are adviced to give Human Engine a chance. Vortice will need to work on a more original style for their next album though. Ill let the lack of original ideas pass for this time but I probably wont be as forgiving next time. Can you feel it? Im really trying to make a decent critique of this album but Im failing badly because my head is banging so hard to the groove.

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