VERILUN – HOME FOR THE DEAD – SLIPTRICK
The debut album by Verilun was recorded four years and released almost three years ago. What took it so long to get to Metallian Towers is unknown. The album and music is older, but not that old yet the music, which is a mixture of death metal a la Incantation, dark black metal words and thoughts and even some doom metal, nods at everything old school and pure. This band is influenced by the 1990s when metal was more metal (and yes, we just lost our Finnish readers… hey, don’t go away the ‘90s also had crap like My Dying Bride, Anathema and Amorphis… on second thought that was depressing do go away).
There are only seven tracks on the album, but length-wise it is over forty-five minutes owing to the eight-minute long opener Liberate Tutemet Ex Inferis, Passing and Blood Moon. The last title refers back to the group’s monicker, which is Hunnish for ‘blood moon’ or the planet Mars. This is an obscure and olden language so the band can neither know it of course nor be sure of its details. Putting that aside this is a good metallic album, but there is evidence that the band could have been even better. Where Verilun is mostly content to mid-paced songs and being just heavy and fast enough without ever being son excessively the guitar dynamics on In Chaos We Trust and the bass work on Passing show potential. The band does need to get a more powerful bass drum sound and banish the synthesizer background from Home For The Dead however. Eight Seconds Freak is just that by the way. – Ali “The Metallian”