I’d like to begin this release by paying tribute to a fallen member of this band. This year saw the tragic loss of Will ‘Vadok’ Allatt who served as drummer for UK black metal band Verdelet from 2012 until his untimely death.
In memory of his passing, Verdelet have released new album Against All Odds, their tribute to a man who made the band shine in the only putrid way a band can on the English black metal circuit and is, I must admit, one of the many reasons I fell in love with this band years ago and caught their live shows as many times as I could.
Anyways, on to Against All Odds: it is a very raw and lo-fi release that is essentially a recording of the last time the band went into a rehearsal room with Vadok. To begin with, his drums blast and hammer home from the moment the low fidelity buzz burns into your earholes, accompanied by screams and rages that sound like a freshly resurrected zombie clawing its way out of a grave – quite fitting for a band who describe themselves as ‘Necro Black Metal’.
Evil magic, moroseness and anguish are afoot on this record – themes I have come to long associate with Verdelet, and because of the low production quality, this is a release that would really suit anyone who is a fan of ‘trve’ black metal.
In listening to this record, I was reminded of the many stunning performances I witnessed from this band over the years and I could tell they were putting in as much effort as they have in the past, making them a band of passion. Each track is loaded with audible anger and erupts either slow and painfully like a parasite eating away at your brain or exploding fast and hefty like a nail bomb.
Overall, this album told me that Verdelet was still on top of their game even though I hadn’t seen them perform live for a few years, and it is most fitting to hear Vadok’s swansong in its most raw and lo-fi form.
I dedicate this review to Vadok and praise Verdelet for their hard work once again, and I do hope that you guys carry on doing what you do best.
1. Last Rays of the Sun
2. A Thousand Lifetimes
3. Unfinished Business
4. Endless Deceit
5. Lost, Incapable of Triumph
6. To the Ends of the Earth
7. Nemesis Within
8. *Wherein They Dwell (bonus track)
Morior – Vocals
Hareth – Bass
Balan – Guitars
Vadok – Drums
Buy Album: verdelet.bigcartel.com
Band Website: facebook.com/verdeletmusic