Veritatem Solam. “Cool name.” Those were my first thoughts when I first heard of the band. Upon discovering that they were a death metal band, I wondered what their take on the sub-genre would be. Part of this curiosity stems from the fact that I recently developed a new appreciation for death metal. And now I’ll tell you what I got out of my listening experience.
Unholy Protrusions of Divinity is a 7 track album. It begins with piano and clean guitars and slowly builds up.The “The wheels of waste”, a 7hrs 30mins long track. The guitars get heavier just about a minute and a half mark. The bass is thick and audible on this track and serves as a chunky back up to the guitars. The song’s rhythm does get switched up a bit, around 4 minutes into the song and sounds like a classic death metal jam with the blast beats blasting away. “Soaked in pain” comes next and there’s no slow build up. It’s straight to the heavy stuff and the thick bass is still audible. The guitar solo in the song does show the technical prowess of the band and is the main highlight of the song.
The opening bass lines on “The Ultimatum” showed how much this band utilises the bass. I have seen a number of memes out there on the internet saying how invisible bass players are in bands. Well, those guys haven’t listened to Veritatem Solam. “Rejection” is up next and kicks off with a bang and hardly ever relents in its assault. From the blast beats to the guitar solo, it’s full throttle on this 7-minute ride.
“As I Rule the world of the dead” also kicks off with a bang. With thrashing riffs and a pronounced bass line. This is one of the shorter songs on the album, barely exceeding the 4 minute mark. Next is “Veritatem solam” with its thrashy guitar riffage intro and blast beats. The next and final track on the album, “Dance upon my grave” features the same sort of riffs. Although just before 2 minute mark, some progressive-like, odd meter riffs kick in and which things up a little bit.
One thing all the songs have, besides the pronounced bass lines is raw, yet crisp, and the high-quality production style that makes you feel you’re listening to a band from the 80’s and 90’s. The feel these songs radiate can actually give you a clear image of what they would sound like live. Their technical prowess on their individual instruments is also a thing that must be commended. From the solo to the heavy hitting drums.
Despite all this, the album has one thing holding it back. It’s not memorable. I, for whatever reason, could not really remember a single riff, song, a breakdown or solo once I was done listening to this album, and I listened to it a number of times. The band possess a lot of skill on their instruments but I think they need to work on the ”catchiness” of their riffs. It’s not an easy thing to come up with, I know. If it was, no band in the world would have this problem.
The songs do sound a lot similar as well. During one of my listens, I got distracted because I was working on something and as time passed by, the tracks changed. But I didn’t notice for a while that 2 or 3 tracks had come and gone. Veritatem Solam is a band with a very interesting sound (and a cool name) but they need to work on not just being good at playing their instruments but also writing memorable music. I look forward to hearing what they come up with next.
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