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Review: Verismo - City of Kings
Verismo
www.verismetal.com
City of Kings

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 43:02
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3/5

Review online: July 13, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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City of Kings

Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
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"City of Kings" certainly ranks among the most inconsistent albums I've heard. Simply put, you have here a mix of very good thrashers, all surrounded by average to below-average songs that are rather tame, when not completely bland and boring.

This could be considered a good thrash album if Verismo had been able to deliver an album full of the better stuff here, rather than about 40-50% of boring fillers. The thrash material is reminiscent of mid to late 80s Metallica and Testament, kind of the bastard child of the two, especially with the singer sounding like a cross of Hetfield and Billy at times. The material isn't as good as what the aforementioned bands produced back in those days, but a few of the songs aren't that far off in terms of quality. Add to this a little modern edge that generally doesn't take too much away.

The more tame material borders more on a "modern" heavy metal sound, and more often in a bad way, unfortunately. The vocals frequently end up sounding a bit like 90s "metal", when some metal bands were trying to ride the grunge bandwagon without fully going there. But that's not the problem; It's just that these songs are bland and boring and really break the momentum set by the thrashy songs.

There is certainly a lot of potential on display on this album, and should Verismo focus on their thrash sound more and drop the watered-down stuff, they could come up with a real winner the next time around. But "City of Kings" is something one should only get from the bargain bin...


Track Listing:
  1. Enemy
  2. City of Kings
  3. The Last Word
  4. Bad Day
  5. Moment of Clarity
  6. The Lorax
  7. Field Report
  8. For the Record
  9. Hope
  10. Legacy
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