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Review: Verderben - Vernichtung und Vergeltung
Vernichtung und Vergeltung

Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen
Year released: 2009
Duration: 40:19
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: December 14, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (2 Votes)

Down from the darkest corners of Germany hails a filthy creature by the name of Verderben. This act is the creation of two somber characters, Corpse (guitar and vocals) and Skull (bass, drums and vocals), who recently unleashed their Black Metal manifest.

This is no Christmas album! This is not a pretty happy release either. You can see a note encouraging suicide, so chances are Verderben will be regarded as a heavily misanthropic and extreme Black Metal duo. I consider Germany as a great country for extreme music like Black Metal, as well as Folk and Viking music. Most of the time, the simple fact of getting something from that country is a guarantee for some good hearing time ahead. I was a bit disappointed upon listening to this CD since it was just slightly above average, and I was expecting more. That being said, Vernichtung und Vergeltung does have its pleasant moments too. Not always relying on the blast beats, which are done insanely by drummer/bassist/vocalist Skull, Verderben also sneak in some calmer parts. During those, melodic arpeggios, clean or distorted, are often resorted to in order to improve the harmony level. Moderate and crunchy times are reflecting the miserable and oppressive vibe of their art.

Overall a bit above average with some interesting pieces like: "Vernichtung", "Depression", "Katharsis" and the unnamed hidden track #9.

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