Vigilante - Terminus Of Thoughts (Independent release: 20th December 2017) I was extremely fortunate back in 1998 when I came across the Japanese progressive metal band Vigilante. At the time they had just independently released their debut album “Chaos-Pilgrimage”, which was the most original and individual product that I ever encountered out of Japan. Their thrash metal saturated version of prog metal combined with some neo classic play fronted with the charismatic Hideaki Niwa whose vocals spiralling between clean melody saturated choruses, glass shattering falsetto screams and almost oriental semitone shifts was simply from a different planet. The music of Vigilante shifted course over the years, leaning increasingly towards thrash and hardcore prog during the early ‘00’s before coming to a grinding halt in 2008. Well, now Vigilante are back and I am ecstatic to discover that the musical creativity of 1998 has returned to the band. Vigilante still feature, apart from a new drummer Shunji Fujino, the original line-up of Kazuaki Horie and Hiroshi Omoto on guitars, Makoto Unno on bass and keyboards whilst the before mentioned Hideaki Niwa is still fronting the band.
The new, independent release is titled ‘Terminus Of Thoughts’ and carries 10 songs, and just as on their debut album, ‘Terminus Of Thoughts’ carries one hour’s worth of organized chaos. Progressive Metal that mixes modern elements with 80s heavy metal, some more aggressive or angrier moments in the thrashier sections, whilst the instrumental interaction of the band goes above and beyond in the almost fusionesque bridges and frantic solo sections. The straight song structures and mostly melodic choruses make it easy to connect with the songs even if you are not a prog fanatic, and the neo-classical play invites an instant liking to most of the tracks but there is simply way too much going on in each single track of ‘Terminus Of Thought’ to actually list it all here, let alone spill a list of “sounds like band X”… Vigilante are still one of the most original and individual bands in the genre to come from Japan.
Review by Peter Fundeis/Screaming Symphony 22/02/2018