Tuesday 21 November 2017

Deus Vermin - MMXVII Demo


1. Disdain
2. Iniquity

That's one of the darkest pieces of cover-art I've seen. It's the cover of the first EP from new Leeds black/death band Deus Vermin. The Leeds-based quintet released this demo in November and it was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Wright (Hundred Year Old Man), whom Deus Vermin played alongside in September with Underdark & Archelon. They've already lined up a set alongside the mighty Cannabis Corpse in Leeds in April 2018, so now's a good time to immerse yourselves in their bleak noise. 

Deus Vermin’s blackened death metal is suspended in an angular, metallic netherworld. Their demo’s opener Disdain is a cacophony of dissonant riffs, blasts and torturous screams. The bass and drums maintain a downbeat atmosphere, with hissing feedback at it’s heart while TW’s recording, mixing and mastering efforts magnify the misery. The quintet launches into Iniquity with all the energy and urgency of  grind band, but instead replacing slams with col and black icicles that lead straight to the deep-dark centre of the mind. The pace slows towards the end with doom-like textures that draw things to a close. 

As the extreme metal sub-genre continually tries to reinvent itself, you mustn’t forget that it cyclical nature will always prevail. Deus Vermin’s members may well be more than familiar with each other, but the furrow they’re ploughing leads to somewhere sinister and unrecognisable and it’s all the better for it. 

You can stream and download "MMXVII" below (tape copies are now sold out):-

Here's the event page for the Cannabis Corpse gig in April, where Deus Vermin will be playing along with direct support Deathrite and a host of other local noise makers - https://www.facebook.com/events

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