Worcester Telegram & Gazette - March 2007Scott McLennan
"Obsidian" offers such artful balance, with the Vital Might stretching to cover the uptempo charge of "These Strange Lives Inside" as well as dramatic sweep of "Slow and Sound." Tight song craft makes a bunch of the songs - "Bird of Black Fire," "Fly In Form," "North of Bloody" - shine brightly for these rising Boston rockers.
Judging by "Obsidian," that turned out to be a pretty good rule. Milk has a pliant voice and the limber rhythm section can aptly suit the different tones and textures he adopts to sell a song. The first single off of "Obsidian" is "Bird of Black Fire," a richly layered song that boasts a loping "White album"-style melody and fuzzy staccato beats wrapped around urgent, live-for-the-moment lyrics.
Aquarian Magazine - March 2007
The band cleverly fuses elements of rock and funk with
just the right amount of pop to make a completely inviting
new style. This progressive blend of various influences and
strong sounds transcends music into a whole movement. In
response to the typical scope of rock, The Vital Might
undeniably surpass what is expected for a richer, more honest
approach. With integrity and passion, the band fills the void
of what is often overlooked in music and gives back a total
package of sound and feeling.
The Hippo - December 2006 Eric W. Saeger I don’t even want another local act to break big and become pasteurized gunk like Godsmack did. But chances are very good that Vital Might will get the chance. This band is literally inventing (or QC-ing, if you think Mars Volta is, like, good) modern prog, pitting latter-day Don Caballero against emo, Radiohead, Live and Extreme to – finally – produce something Generation Zzz can be proud of and call its own. The hooks are tremendous, the arrangements are genius. For your next mix burn, download “Mist of Crystals” and “North of Bloody,” or someday you’ll be having another “Godsmack’s from around here?” moment. A
The Noise - December 2006 Kier Byrnes THE VITAL MIGHT Let’s Get Awesome Music Obsidian 13-song CD The band recorded a large chunk of Obsidian in a haunted theatre up in New Hampshire and dark, dingy, smoky rehearsal studios in Allston. I’m not sure which place was creepier but the result is magnificent. Thirteen songs that combine thundering percussion, massive guitars, and clever poetry, and create a sonic experience like no other. The songs are quirky, the arrangements are complex yet powerful, and the melodies are as unpredictable as they are catchy, reminiscent of another one of my favorite Boston bands, Hybrasil. Strong songwriting seems to be the core of this band, but that doesn’t stop them from playing the hell out of these songs. If one thing can be said about these guys, it’s that The Vital Might are intense. Prog-rock and psychedelia come head to head on track number two “Fly in Form,” that combines some in-your-face, mind blowing grooves and infectious vocal harmonies. An epic series of ripping drum rolls sweeps me away on “Measure.” “Don’t Mind Me,” is another standout song, featuring Dana Colley (Morphine/ Twinemen) on saxophone. Though the album is quite accessible all around, the radio is probably going to eat up “Bird of Black Fire”—arguably the most upbeat and mainstream of the tunes. (Kier Byrnes)
Boston Herald - December 2006 Kerry Purcell Andy Milk’s chameleon voice takes you on a journey that evokes Pink Floyd, Buckcherry, Tool and the Red Hot Chili Peppers...Now the Vital Might has a debut album, “Obsidian,” that shows surprising emotional range. The single “Bird of Black Fire” is roller-coaster intense, but “Mist of Crystals” echoes Pink Floyd’s psychedelic melancholy.
wbcn 104.1/local music director Shred "Alt-drama rock" and "THE VITAL MIGHT are proving they are a band to be reckoned with."
Bostonist.com - December 2006 C. Fernsebner Just turning 1 1/2 years old, local power trio The Vital Might are releasing their debut album on their own Let’s Get Awesome label. Obsidian is heavy-laden with guitars and forceful percussion, plus a smattering of psychedelia and dance-rock. Lyrical imagery ranges from black birds over black oceans to mundane T rides into town, delivered in modern-rock vocals and staccato choruses. Morphine's Dana Colley plays saxophone on one of the more contemplative tracks.
The Patriot Ledger April 2005 "The Day," The Vital Might (self- released)
"The Day" is part of the three-song demo we received from Boston-based emo upstarts The Vital Might, and it's a knotty little wonder: angsty, wailing vocals, distortion-guitar whirlpools, that sort of stuff...We also hear the swarthier alt-rock leanings of Incubus, Tool and even Red Hot Chili Peppers in their sound, as well. Their bio says they've been together less than a year; the buzz they've managed already is impressive.
The Noise - December 2005 Fillmore Slim THE VITAL MIGHT 3 songs This guy’s voice sounds a little bit like Ted Leo. But instead of taking a simple approach, The Vital Might certainly take on a bit more of an ambitious template...It really works on the disc’s final track, “The Day,” where the distortion pedal is doing what it’s supposed to, and that is making the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The triumphant chorus makes me want to save kids from a burning building...“The Day” is a fantastic song. If these guys could write more songs like that, they will have a new fan on their hands.
Boston Live Magazine - December 2005 Sophie Ricks November 18, 2005 The Vital Might and Fighting Gravity
The Vital Might played a fun, energetic set to enthusiastic audience response..."Martyr" opened the band's eleven-song set-a catchy melody with punchy vocals. This is what I like to call a "clean-your-room-song," something good to yell along with while throwing dirty laundry into piles, frantically crushing old bills and receipts into tiny balls and angrily scraping your roomate's gum out of the carpet.