The american Oi!sters Vis Vires and Ultra Sect join forces for release a new power split EP.
About Ultra Sect... the band members have earned their stripes in bands such as the Suede Razors or Hounds & Harlots, Those Unknown and play heavy Bootboy sound with some non-cliche working class attitude, influenced by english legends such as The Crack or Angelic Upstarts, talented french bands such as the Warrior Kids and, last but not least, the very own amercian Oi! style of bands like The Templars or Sydney Ducks.
Vis Vires from Los Ángeles (USA) is a new (old) band recruiting members from bands such as The Templars, The Hardknocks and Bovver Wonderland. Vis Vires formed in the Los Angeles area and their vinyl debut is called "The Wolves". Guitars and background-vocals plunge their sound into a dark and apocalyptical mood, at some point reminding to bands such as Legion 76 or even Battle Ruins. 4 tracks!
American Oi! review
When ten people individually ask me for a list of my favorite, current-gen of American bands, I’ll undoubtedly spoon up both Vis Vires and Ultra Sect every single time. On paper the bands are fairly similar – both hail from California, the two bands were formed around the same time, its members are nür vets and both bands already left an incredible mark on the scene so far! Therefor it was only a matter of time before the two would team up for one thunderous split release – and you guessed it right, that time is now!
Now despite that both bands are cracking out releases since 2018, you could reckon Vis Vires is the most active of the two. Mainly because Los Angeles’ battering ram already released a sick LP – “The Fight Goes On” – earlier in 2020, on top of their already fantastic debut EP “The Wolves” (2018) and that killer split EP with Kaleko Urdangak in 2019. Slowing down isn’t in the band’s dictionary though, because with “Beware” and “Guillotine” the band – which features both ex and current members of The Templars, Bovver Wonderland and The Hardknocks – unleashes another round of sheer power, glorious melodies and a massive wall of sound! Brutal!
But hey, just because Ultra Sect didn’t release a full-length just yet – though I can tell you it’s very much anticipated(!) – that doesn’t mean they’re any less, far from it actually! Both EP’s released prior to this split 7” – “War Of The Roses” (2018) and “Final Conquest” (2019) – were already fairly brilliant, while these two new tracks – “Blood Laws” annd “Conquer & Divide” – are doubtlessly their best work to date! But did you expect anything else from lads who were, or still are, active in bands such as Suede Razors and Those Unknown? Exactly! So turn up the volume, drop the needle and crank out the Oi! once again with the mighty Ultra Sect!
The first press of this EP is limited to 800 copies and comes on either black (200 copies), sea blue (300 copies) or purple vinyl with black splatter (300 copies) and believe me, at least one of those 800 copies needs to come your way if you don’t have it (ordered) already! Killer anthems, killer artwork, killer EP!
- Blood Laws
- Conquer and Divide