This young Death Metal band and their debut album come from another exotic country as for me, which is Paraguay. Let is start with some background info. VERTHEBRAL has been established in 2013, but as a precursor to "Regeneration" the quartet unleashes a self-released EP in 2015 consisting of 5 songs and named as "Adultery of Soul". Since then the bands line-up is unchanged and combines from the relentless forces of Christian Rojas (bass & vocals), Daniel Larroza (guitar), Alberto Flores (guitar) and Gabriel Galeano (drums). The album sets in with a short but mysterious intro, where some keys and lots of shooting can be heard. It follows "Place of Death" a typical Death Metal cut executed in the best traditions of the 90s. It has all the trademarks that mostly the Florida DM movement used with a great enthusiasm. So the other compositions continue to rip and blaspheme your ears in that discerning formula. I kinda felt myself as a time traveler during over forty minutes. Even the sound production has the same vibes as the bands of the golden Death Metal era were used to have. These guys from Ciudad del Este know really well how to make their songs sound and crush the old-school way! If you were grew up listening to such cult bands as DEICIDE, MONSTROSITY, OBITUARY, DEATH or CANCER, then do not hesitate to take a listen to the songs of "Regeneration". Recommended for all the true Death Metal die-hards around this rotten globe!!!
„Regeneration“ might be the best Death Metal record out of Paraguay I have ever come across. How many Paraguayan DM records I own you ask? Well…you got me. Chances are good though that my initial statement is true although that might not be saying much. I am a bit lazy when it comes to travelling bur thanks to the world wide web music fans can easily reach the most exotic places to discover new stuff. I am always amazed having found a new gem in a corner of the world in which I did not expect it. Verthebral are a four piece Metal machine having been founded in 2013. After an EP in 2015 they managed to grab a deal with More Hate Productions to present us their definition of Old School Death Metal. It seems as if they have digged deep in their collection of late eighties and nineties DM collecting some of the best elements and putting them together again in a slightly adopted version. The guys have a feeling for good songwriting varying between furious speed attacks and slower, filthy parts that give the whole affair the required dark and brooding atmosphere. The guitarists Daniel Larroza and Alberto Flores complement each other with one providing the mostly laid back and hypnotic main riffs and the other one fading in an out with some fantastic soloing work. Of course the boys want to show the world that they know how to play their instruments resulting in some pretty impressive technical pieces. Thankfully those sections never overstay their welcome. It is a bit of a problem these days that a lot of new bands try to compensate for their lacking songwriting abilities with additional speed, brutality and technicality. I am glad to report that this is not the case here. Gabriel Galeano is the name of the drummer and being from South America he got the rhythm running through his veins. Compared to his North American and European peers he seems to make a bit more use of those rumbling mid ranged toms of his kit giving the drum sound an intense percussive feeling. Bass player Cristhian Rojas is also responsible for the vocals and he is doing a great job. Roaring in the veins of big idols like Martin van Drunen his delivery is top notch. Of course a small accent can be heard but otherwise the lyrics can be understood pretty well. The production is punchy and modern without being too sterile. There is just enough filth and putridity to put enough dirt into the music without sacrificing any details of the instruments. Often that kind of production leads to muddy sounds burying some elements but luckily this is not the case here. To summarize your enjoyment of this record will depend on what you are looking for. You can call “Regeneration” pure plagiarism as there is nothing new or innovative to be found here. If you are like me always searching for new music in the tradition of the nineties keeping the original spirit with a fresher sound chances are good that you will find a new favorite here.
Who said Extreme Metal was not played all around the globe? Yes, you flat-earth morons…all around the globe. Verthebral from Paraguay first released an EP called “Adultery of Soul” in 2015, which means “Regeneration” is their debut full length. What you get is early 1990s Death Metal the US way, or European bands who did not really play the European way. So you get old Sinister, old Monstrosity and a bit of Morbid Angel (some of the solos) and hints of Brutality. So they are quite Florida-region of the US influenced like. Not a bad album at all, but nothing spectacular either.
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