V I T A L I T Y
They belonged to the H8000 crew but are in a way apart from it. As the scene in ODK was something on its own. Every band member skated and was involved in the ODK Posse. All the band members have the same ODK tattoo in Gothic font. Connected through the ink, as they call it. And for those who don’t know it; ODK is short for ‘Oostduinkerke’ and this is a small town at the Belgian Coast.
The musical side of the ODK scene was at its peak in the mid to late nineties, with two active bands; VITALITY and ODK Crew.
Their first release is called “Bloodline”, everybody of the band was SxE in this period and most were veggie to. This reflects in some lyrics, they are dark and apocalyptic what is familiar to the H8000. Musically this band was influenced by the Clevo bands, so this can certainly be labeled as Edge-metal. They totally radiate a clean and purifying attitude with their sound and appearance. Everybody really looked up to them.
As they grew older they lost their SxE ideas. They released their second release “Crucial Wires”, no longer on Sober Mind Records but on a
French label called Overcome Records. The band became befriended with the French KDS crew bands like Stormcore, Underground Society and A.W.O.L. With this album they kind of left the H8000 style for a less dark and more though guy sound. The sound is less clean and there is a higher ambiance or fun level.
Also remarkable is that VITALITY never changed the line-up, all the members stayed true and dedicated to each other and the band. Although Jim Solid also did some replacements on vocals if Steve couldn’t make it. Another remarkable fact is that “Alien” King also played in RISE AND FALL when they just started. On the R&F demo they refer to him as AK. AK is now sound guy for Carcass.
Simon – Drums, Steve – Vocals, AK – Guitar, Marc – Bass, Bob – Guitar