Released: 2014, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Start stretching and practice your pit karate, because Helsinki’s Devenial Verdict is about to bring it. CORPUS is the quartet’s debut EP, and follows a string of promising demos dating back to 2009. The five songs on CORPUS are straightforward, no frills brutal death/slam metal, and if names like Internal Bleeding, Pyrexia, and Waking the Cadaver get you excited, consider yourself in for a treat. All others will likely want to skip to the next review.
The common thread across CORPUS is blunt force trauma. The five tracks don’t really offer a lot in the way of diversity, but you will find plenty of double bass rhythmic pummeling and enough breakdowns to keep AAA busy for weeks. At 25 minutes, CORPUS works best from start to finish, as there’s not a ton of diversity to differentiate between the tracks. That being said, I did find the discordant intonations of “Elysium” and the bouncing power groove of “The Nameless Mist” to stand out from the rest of the pack.
Devenial Verdict is playing to a pretty niche audience with CORPUS, but having been to enough shows, that pretty niche audience is famously protective of their genre and will no doubt love the EP. If you’re looking for depth and contemplation, keep on looking. If you’re looking for a black eye and some good friendly violent fun, CORPUS might fit the bill. You can sample/purchase CORPUS via Devenial Verdict’s Bandcamp page, check it out.