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Verbum - Exhortation to the Impure

Exhortation to the Impure
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 11 March 2022, 2:55 PM

As time passed by since the Heavy metal ‘big bang’ (remembering: the beginning of it all is “Black Sabbath”, the first album of BLACK SABBATH) and Metal became fractured and filled with many different subgenres, the choice for combining elements of them allowed the birth of many more subgenres. The genre became full of different sonorities and enable musicians to use their creativity to bring something different from the usual. And VERBUM, from Chile, shows a combination of influences on their first album, “Exhortation to the Impure”.

The use of slow rhythms to create a funereal ambience is inherited from Doom Death Metal, but the band shows blackened elements from Black/Death Metal as well (as guttural grunts and a harsh approach on the instrumental tunes). They sound as a slow and funeral band in the vein of MYSTIFIER and SARCÓFAGO sometimes, but they have a musical personality shown on their massive and heavy songs. It’s obvious that they can grow and evolve in the basis this album shows, but they’re good on it. Eric Brisso (recording), B. Nekroskull (mixing) and Javier Félez (mastering) are the ones who worked with the band on the studio, creating a nasty and massive sonority that allows the crude approach of their music to gain life (although some parts of the drums could be put in a better volume). In other hand, it’s not hard to understand what they’re playing. It’s obvious that they deserve something better defined and lineated, but’s not so bad.

For the fans that aren’t used to such form of music, “Exhortation to the Impure” can be hard to swallow, but for the fans, the appeal of “Abrahamic Sedition” (very good slow tempos, with nasty and abrasive guitar riffs boosting the funereal ambience of the song), “Nihil Privativum” (it’s almost a Funeral Doom Metal song, but it’s filled with nasty Black/Death Metal influences, and good grunts pierce through the morbid instrumental lines), “Silent Oratorium” (where the vocals shows very good changes of tunes, with snarling shrieks contrasting with low grunts and some gothic voices), and “Exhortation to the Impure” (the heavy load of musical weight from bass guitar and drums is really astonishing) will be hard to resist. VERBUM is a good name from the scene of Chile, but some improvements must be shown on “Exhortation to the Impure” successor.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Intro
2. Abrahamic Sedition
3. Nihil Privativum
4. Interlude I
5. Silent Oratorium
6. Interlude II
7. Exhortation to the Impure
8. Outro
Record Label: Iron Bonehead Productions


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