Monday, October 7, 2013

Vermin/Mind Control/Blacksmith Records/2013 CD Review

  Vermin  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  death metal  with  elements  of  groove  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Mind  Control"  which  was  released  by  Blacksmith  Records.

 "Misery"  begins  with  some  amp  distortion  and  bass  guitars  before  the  drums  and  old  school melodic  guitar  riffs kick  in  which  leads  to  some screams  and  growls  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  utilized.

  "Mind  Control"  begins  with  some  old  school  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  lead  up  to  some  bass  guitars  and  drums  and  after  awhile t he  growls  and  screams  make  their presence  known  and  after a  minute  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  groove elements  and  then t he  music  gets slightly  faster  for  a  few  seconds.

  "Outlaw"  begins with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  then  the  growls  start  kicking  in  along  with  some  screams  and  then  the  music  goes  more  into  a  mid  paced  direction  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  the song.

  "Bitch"  begins  with  some  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  bass  guitars and  then  the  growls  and  screams  start  kicking  in  and  after  a  couple of  minutes  the guitar  riffing  starts  adding  in  some  melodic  parts.

  "Hypocrite  Hero"  begins with  some  heavy  and  old  school  guitar  riffs along  with  some  bass, drums and  growls  and  after  a  few  seconds  screams  make  their  presence  known  in  the  song  along  with  some  melodic  guitar riffing  and  in  some  parts  the  music  gets  slightly  faster  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  'Reactor"  begins  with  some  old  school  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  then  the growls  and  screams  start  kicking  in  and  as  time  goes  on  by  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  and  the  song  stays  in  the  mid  paced  area.

  "Memories" begins  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs and  drums  along  with  some  bass guitars  and  then  goes  into  a  more  catchy  death'n'roll direction along  with  some  screams  which  also  lead  up  to some growls  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  old  school  hard  rock/metal guitar  leads.

  "Eye  For  An  Eye"  begins  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  drums  before  getting  heavier  and  adding  in  some  bass  guitars,  growls  and  screams  and  as  time  goes  on  by  there  are  some  more  old  school  metal  elements  added  to  the  guitar  riffing.

  'Illusion"  begins  with  some  dark  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  after a  few  seconds  the  growls  kicking  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the song  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  groove  elements.

  'Sick  Reality" begins  with  some  distorted  guitar sounds  and  drums  before  the  heavy  guitar  riffs kick  in  along with  some bass  guitars  which  leads  to  some  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads and  the  song  is  very long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars towards  the end.

  Song  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  everyday  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Vermin  are  a  very  great  sounding  groove  orientated  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Misery"  "Bitch"  "Memories"  and  "Sick  Reality'.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.            


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