“Eternal Knights” is the newest harbinger from Cascades Of Crimson Cruor, the debut LP from Finnish/American black metal duo VERILUOLA, nearing May release through Nameless Grave Records.
Forged in the flames of ancient witching evil, VERILUOLA stands 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 seeks a return to a halcyon age where there was a barrier of entry to releases; in the years since 2020’s lauded 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 anxiously anticipated debut album, Cascades Of Crimson Cruor, VERILUOLA embraces all 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 by Andrew Lee (Ripped To Shreds), mastering by Alex Poole (Chaos Moon, Skáphe), artwork by Silvana Massa and layout by Obscure Visions. Cascades Of Crimson Cruor is highly recommended for fans of Varathron, Mortuary Drape, and labelmates Dungeon Serpent.
The closing track to VERILUOLA’s Cascades Of Crimson Cruor, “Eternal Knights,” can now be streamed at THIS LOCATION.
Nameless Grave Records will release Cascades Of Crimson Cruor on Blood Red LP, CD, and digitally on May 12th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where prior singles “Regal Barbarism” and “The Blood Grotto” are also streaming HERE.
“The barbarity of the music is immediate, thanks to maniacally hammering drums and riffing that both swarms and slithers. Even when the drumming converts to a metronome pop, the guitars still sound convulsive and crazed. Haughty growls and throbbing basslines give the song an aspect of predatory menace to go along with the dervish whirl of the guitars and the demented crack of throat-splitting screams.” – No Clean Singing