Details about ‘Vexamen’ the debut album from Verberis (Wellington) have been revealed. Along with track ‘The Gaping Hollow Of Divinity’, and “majestic ‘n’ malevolent cover art by Artem Grigoryev” Iron Bonehead (Germany) have delivered quite the teaser. The due date is October 21st, and the album will be 10 tracks totalling almost an hour. Formats available will be CD, cassette, and glorious double-LP.
You can hear/purchase Verberis’ debut demo “Vastitas” (2014) at Iron Bonehead’s Bandcamp.
It’s worth mentioning that Vastitas seized the attention of Fenriz (Dark Throne) who featured it on his popular “Band of the Week” blog in May of 2014, and it also garnered positive reviews from No Clean Singing, and a few other blogs which you can find if you Google.
From the announcement on the Iron Bonehead facebook:
“Whereas the band’s demo lurked among the lonely landscape where early bestial metal splintered into more deathly shapes – think Finland’s Belial and Mythos – here on their first album, VERBERIS aim for a more singular and idiosyncratic expression. Verily, this is DEATH METAL, ever blackened and always abyss-ward, but the four shadow-draped figures of VERBERIS finesse it into a feverishly flowing fount of highly dynamic and darkly memorable madness.
There is a certain alchemy at work across Vexamen; call it clarity of thought and execution or something similar, but the cleaner, more-clanging textures found here ably elucidate a wealth of songwriting ideas otherwise rare (or even nonexistent) in the subgenres of cavernous death metal and bestial black/death. And yet, simple categorization such as that eludes VERBERIS during these 10 songs totaling nearly an hour – rather, it is a journey, restless and wild and wide-eyed and soberly awake, to realms both forgotten and remembered, both imagined and very fucking real. Not for nothing does the band reveal its first photo, much less start an official website: Vexamen is the beginning of a new era, both for the band and especially the wider consciousness of death metal.”
It’s also worth mentioning there are actually 4 excellent New Zealand bands on the Iron Bonehead label; Creeping, Verberis, Veneficium, and Prisoner of War. You should definitely check all of them out. You won’t be disappointed.