Trevor Le Doux (Vocals, Creator), Ben Wolf (Vocals, Creator), Lucius McCoy (Guitars), Donovan Crane (Guitars), Lord Daryl Khedora (Drums, Background Vocals) and M.Art.S. Lucrezia di Bathory (Bass, Background Vocals) want to notice the world they are here, so this “VOTJ” is available for free download on their web site. What they sound like? Imagine System Of A Down playing Helloween songs from the 80s or vice verse, the 80’s Helloween playing System Of A Down compositions. It’s goddamn serious, but it’s pretty funny. 14 songs plus intro, seems to be hell of an effort, the SOAD parallel persist through the whole album, maybe it’s a little bit too obvious, too conscious this influence. And maybe 14 songs it’s too much. Less songs and more carefully selected themes might worked better. I would stick to 10 songs.
Re-cycling and exploiting the same formulas and schemes – borrowed from SOAD – it’s not a capital sin and they might actually work, but VOTJ should simultaneously looking for their own solutions and schemes, bring much of them and less of SOAD in their songs. Around track 9 the album becomes a little bit boring, quite German characteristic: precise, but linear work, they stick too rigorously to the same schemes, I think they need other inspirations as well, more different spices.
Very SOAD and SOAD fans will enjoy it definitively, VOTJ delivered a few good songs (Ants, My Friend, Infinity, Sparefox, Futanari (Shemale Party), Transience, Kyle) and this is a quite convincing debut album, they proved to be good instrumentalists and musicians, the pair of the singers are absolutely power and colourful, they have a good sense of humor, only need a little bit more imagination, creativity and own personal taste, aroma. The tomato juice is tasteful, now we only need some real vampires.