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Rockaway, New Jersey, United States | SELF

Rockaway, New Jersey, United States | SELF
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VTT SYMPTOMS OF SIN SELF-RELEASED VTT display a versatile hard rock style that spans a few decades on their nine-track affair. Pumping out modern metal melodies a la Trivium with an electronic pulse not unlike that of Mudvayne or Static X (“Never Died Before”) while retaining the classic rage of acts like WASP (“You’re My Punishment”), this troupe’s cavalcade of strong riffs is sprinkled with a bevy of intriguing acoustic flourishes (“Looking For Serenity”, “Deleted Scenes”) providing the album a proper foundation that supports its constant switches in mood and atmosphere.

Developing a style where Nu metal immediacy collides with metalcore’s rhythmic chug yet doesn’t forget to consult the vintage blueprint from where both were spawned, VTT’s gritty sensibilities and memorable hooks hit hard and are bound to leave an impression on anyone with an ear for the sound of today’s aggression. –Mike SOS - HOT INDIE NEWS


"...New Jersey's VTT ranges from sounding like old school Biohazard to the rocking "more commercial" sounds of Sevendust, most importantly demonstrating that they can write some tried-and-true heavy metal arrangements that still have radio appeal..." - TheMetalDen.com


"...Unique and raw, aggressive harmonies, catchy lyrics. They are a hidden gem of metal..." - Rockeyes.com


"...To a man VTT show their commitment and skill in their individual areas and this all comes through in a set of proper songs that have powerful riffs and hook laden choruses..." - Hardrockhouse.com


"...With their skill for producing metal it should be no time before someone inks a deal with these sick bastards..." - HardRockHaven.net


"...Anyone who likes Disturbed should check them out and anyone who likes a good few hooks and nicely catchy songs would do well to listen to their stuff...." - HMAS.ORG


"...New Jersey’s VTT has announced the recent release of the band’s third full-length record, Symptoms Of Sin, an eight-track effort of driven alt-metal produced by friend Billy Graziadei (BIOHAZARD, SUICIDE CITY) at Underground Sound Studio.
In support, a handful of of tracks from the release are now online at the band's MySpace page, along with the music video for the album's lead track, 'The Victim'.
VTT has also scheduled a special show this weekend with Biohazard as part of the band's 20th anniversary tour stop December 12th at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA, to support the release and once again share the stage with the metal luminaries.
Meanwhile, Symptoms Of Sin features a live track from the band's 2007 album, Alone In Pain, a radio edit, and the aforementioned video for 'The Victim'. The video is not only available online, but also on the digipack CD pressing of Symptoms Of Sin, offering fans a true enhanced experience.
"We poured everything that we had and everything that we have become into this record,” VTT guitarist Emir Erkal says. “It was meticulous, grueling, stressful and insightful, but we found a new sound. It's been quite a long road, and now we wanna prove to the fans that it's all been worth it..." - BRAVE WORDS & BLOODY KNUCKLES


"...New Jersey go getters VTT, formed within the time that was 2005 and brought with them something that no other band could possible dish out which was music. Wait what? All bands can do that can they not? Well some can and some cannot it all depends on how much impact that particular band can portray.
When comes to the essence that is VTT this being their third accomplishment to date, “Symptoms of Sin”, who knows what should be expected of their musical obsession. Well for one, you get presented with a total of eight tracks with a bonus feature oh my! What? Could that possibly be? It’s the band’s official video of the track entitled “The Victim”. So you pretty much get entangled with a handful of goodies when you come across this so-called “Symptoms of Sin”. “The Victim”, also just so happens to be the opening tune that introduces you to what this band can exactly do. The guitars and vocal chords are in a fair balanced grip that they balance out the whole layout of the song that plays off to being this heavy duty song of such progression the music backing it all up is obscene.
“You’re My Punishment”, “Never Died Before”, and “Wake of the White Devil” all go hand in hand with one another. One source being that all of the music portrayed within these selections showcases itself to being nothing more than again some heavy duty but more raw material matter that overrides the whole album’s display purposes. Plain and simple the music is an aggression of brutality that contains this rock n’ roll vibration with heavy metal influence wrapped around giving it that much needed breath of fresh air. VTT is rest assured that there isn’t anything that these rock n’ rollers cannot do. Just give them the time and chance to sock it to you..." - METAL MANIACS


"...New Jersey act VTT unleash that heavy metal we all love and grew up to know so well. VTT’s latest, Symptoms Of Sin, has this classic rock/metal vibe to it while kicking a ton of ass at the same time! With loads of heavy distortion, melodic heavy metal, and some acoustic breaks making up the majority, VTT is a heavy hitter and one to be reckoned with. The beauty of Symptoms Of Sin is that VTT really makes the most out of their melodies, and is able to create an album full of quality songs, not worrying about being the fastest, br00talest, or most technical band out there. Whether hitting heavy with the metal assaults or unleashing an alternative metal side, VTT’s song structure is solid.
Diving into Symptoms Of Sin, there are plenty of singles to rock your socks off such as “You’re My Punishment”, and “Never Died Before”, which give a raw yet accessible approach. Make sure you take note of Gil PZ’s vocal delivery, because this guy can growl, howl, and everything in between, putting that extra exclamation mark in their music! VTT also knows their traditional thrash pretty well, where they let that shine in “Wake Of The White Devil”. Whatever method of attack they take, even with the hearty doses of alternative metal, VTT seems to use it to their advantage well.
Symptoms Of Sin unleashes a ton of soul, rock and roll, and most importantly, the classic metal that we all seem to take for granite these days. Take a second, pause, and check back into metal’s roots, and Symptoms Of Sin in a way acts like a reminder to the glory days, with a classic sort of evil in the mix. Fans of loud heavy metal need to check out VTT now..." - SMN NEWS


"...New Jersey’s VTT is proud to announce a confirmed March 12 show in the band’s home state of New Jersey alongside legendary American metal band W.A.S.P. on their headlining trek. In addition to the high-profile gig at Sayreville’s Starland Ballroom, two New York shows are also lined up, Feb. 10 and March 27, respectively. Plans are also underway for a tour of greater America later this year, most likely this summer; details will be available on that trek shortly.
In the meantime VTT will continue playing in and around the Northeastern US, continuing to support its third album, ‘Symptoms Of Sin,’ an eight-track effort of driven alt-metal produced by friend and Biohazard/Suicide City vocalist-guitarist Billy Graziadei at Underground Sound Studios (Sick Of It All, Life Of Agony, Pantera). Several tracks from ‘Symptoms of Sin’ are now online at the band’s MySpace page. The band’s latest music video, for ‘Symptoms’ lead track “The Victim” is also online – and currently featured at Ultimate-Guitar.com.
VTT previously released ‘Alone In Pain,’ in 2007, and 2005’s ‘Mandala’ under the VooDoo Terror Tribe moniker, but ‘Symptoms Of Sin’ marks the debut of the shorter, acronym name. “The acronym better represents our new approach, and is iconic in its own way,” guitarist Emir Erkal recently stated in an interview. “While in a way we’re a tribe, the term ‘terror’ doesn’t usually apply.” ‘Symptoms Of Sin’ also sees the recording debut of new VTT vocalist Gil PZ, a Texas native who recently relocated to the band’s New Jersey headquarters..." - HARD ROCK NIGHTS


Discography

SYMPTOMS OF SIN (Released in Oct 2009)
01. The Victim
02. Light Divided
03. You're My Punishment
04. Never Died Before
05. Wake of The White Devil
06. Looking For Serenity
07. Deleted Scenes
08. World of Lies (Live)
09. Wake of The White Devil (Radio Edit)

ALONE IN PAIN
(Released in Sep 2007)
01. Prelude To Hate
02. Under The Knife
03. World Of Lies
04. Looking For Serenity
05. Get Down
06. Beyond Redemption
07. Mandala
08. Redrum
09. My Disturbed Girlfriend
10. Deleted Scenes

MANDALA
(Released in July 2005)
01. Dark Promises
02. Lost Within
03. Divided
04. Break
05. Too Blind To See
06. Strength

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Bio

Formed in 2005 by Emir Erkal on guitars and long time friend T-Bone on drums, the duo soon brought in Primer on bass and topped off this new up and coming alt-metal band with the masterfully vocalized emotional poetry by vocalist Gil Pz. VTT blazes out of the studio in mid 2009 armed with a furiously precise new album aptly entitled "Symptoms of Sin". With Billy Graziadei (Biohazard / Suicide City) at the producer's reigns, VTT showcases their talent by creating a satisfying and unpredictable album that shows the band has something to prove.

The charismatic guitar demon and true force behind the band, Emir explains VTT's newest approach; "We know the scene, and the scene knows us, but we're coming at this in full force in a new way. People are excited about the new voice." The "new voice" refers to the newest member Gil PZ, a seasoned metal vocalist who recently relocated from Texas, having worked with bands such as Phonetica and Deviltry. VTT doesn't bolster a false pretense of originality. Gil explains, "Worry about the songs being good first, originality comes second."

With something more to prove than just being friends with a big name in the metal community, VTT had a busy 2009 cut out for the quartet, writing much of Symptoms of Sin’s content and playing shows throughout the Northeast before hitting Graziadei’s Underground Sound Studios to record the album. Plus they shot a self-funded video for the album’s debut track, “The Victim” all in a matter of self-motivated months.

At one time dubbed Voodoo Terror Tribe, but now preferring the acronymic equivalent, VTT’s melodic-while-still-heavy, radio-ready-but-still-metal sound rides of the shoulders of Texas transplant and VTT vocalist Gil PZ’s definition of what the band should be: “VTT doesn’t bolster a false pretense of originality,” he says. “We worry about the songs being good first; originality comes second.”

“We know the scene, and the scene knows us, but we’re coming at this in full force in a new way,” guitarist and musical motivator Emir Erkal says. “People are excited about our new voice.”

Hailing from the working class Garden State of New Jersey – and armed with an equally blue-collar attitude of doing it on their own – and dedication to a melodically heavy brand of music, VTT has high hopes for the near future.

"We poured everything that we had and everything that we have become into this record,” guitarist Erkal continues. “It was meticulous, grueling, stressful and insightful, but we found a new sound. It's been quite a long road, and now we wanna prove to the fans that it's all been worth it."

With the recently released Symptoms of Sins, that’s exactly what VTT has set out to do, including an upcoming time on that road and in venues, including some exciting things behind the scenes that will soon come to fruition...

Tim Louie of The Aquarian "... I have to say that these guys are part of the hard working band fraternity. I'm sure their fan base is huge already, but if these guys keep trekking the way they are, they're definitely going places! ..."

Rocket of TheMetalDen.com "...New Jersey's VTT ranges from sounding like old school Biohazard to the rocking "more commercial" sounds of Sevendust, most importantly demonstrating that they can write some tried-and-true heavy metal arrangements that still have radio appeal..."

Brian Rademacher of Rockeyes.com "...Unique and raw, aggressive harmonies, catchy lyrics. They are a hidden gem of metal..."

John Lewins of Hardrockhouse.com "...VTT show their commitment and skill in their individual areas and this all comes through in a set of proper songs that have powerful riffs and hook laden choruses..."

Matthew Hoffman of HardRockHaven.net "...With their skill for producing metal it should be no time before someone inks a deal with these sick bastards..."