Release Date: 05/12/2023
FFO: Mortuary Drape, Varathron, Dungeon Serpent
Location: Finland / USA
Short Bio: Nameless Grave Records is proud to announce the release of Veriluola’s debut album, Cascades of Crimson Cruor. Forged in the flames of ancient witching evil, the Finnish / American duo stand in opposition to the contemporary black metal scene and its homogenization. There was a time in the history of black metal where each band was unique, when fans and bands did not eschew the call of the heavy metal that preceded the genre, and when rigid borders between black metal, death metal, and thrash just did not exist.
Many bands rush straight from formation to an album in this age of easy, accessible digital recording technology, and the result is often poor: mediocre songwriting born from hastily thrown together structures, an excess of the same boring sections repeated under the guise of “atmosphere,” and riffs no better than whatever album they were shamelessly stolen from. Veriluola instead seek a return to a halcyon age where there was a barrier of entry to releases; in the years since 2020’s lauded simply-titled Demo, they have carefully refined themselves, seeking to find the best way to merge a myriad of influences and reach the same storied heights as the masters that inspired them.
On their highly-anticipated debut album Cascades of Crimson Cruor, Veriluola embrace all of the beloved history of black and death metal to create something that is all their own. Harrowing riffs descended from Mediterranean swamps, Finnish caves of blood, timeless melodic death metal, spirited classic heavy metal, and Roman heroism collide, merging seamless to make music that is all Veriluola: equally pummeling and heavy as majestic, both beautiful and cruel in different moments of extremely varied and creative songwriting. The end package, already great, is further enhanced by mixing from Andrew Lee (Ripped to Shreds) and mastering by Alex Poole (Chaos Moon, Skáphe).
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