Scottish duo Vukovi brace the storm with their latest release Nula. The rock songs they create are indulgent, and they work on a good level.
Those big riffs and empowering vocals interlock, and everything pulsates when madness imposes. The band is definitely at one with their instruments too, and the LP doesn’t fall flat, it keeps on giving. There’s also detailed lyrics scattered throughout the album, lyrics that don’t always reflect happiness or good times.
Nula brims with hooks, and it can be rather haunting at times. When the music drops and the lyrics start to play on the mind, you may feel obligated to fall into them like a crashing wave. It has that stronghold, and while it tests the mind it doesn’t fully disregard the feelings of complete ecstasy.
The music can be unorthodox, as there are many interludes, segments where voices appear and deliver monologues which can be unnerving. It almost feels like a game when listening on, and that’s original and daring. Though this is true, the emotion runs deep, profoundly instilling poignant moments.
There are 13 songs here, starting off with ‘Tainted’, which begins bashfully, and with guitars driven. The song never loses its power. Meanwhile, ‘I Exist’ is a catchy inclusion, and it delivers vocally and musically. There’s a story to this, and it’s a battle-hardened one.
‘Shadow’ begins with whispers and soft vocal work, and the guitars drive home a burgeoning sound. ‘Hurt’ dazzles, and the vocals are supreme. They then become quick-fired, but do not lose their range or quality. Lyrically, the song conveys fear.
Vukovi isn’t the most conventional band on the planet but their music has substance and a clear structure.
Verdict - 7/10