Release: LP / Digital
Label: Save The Scene Records
Hordes of promising dark hardcore bands sound impressively heavy and technically prowess of their music, but many fail to deliver a fatal blow as they don’t convey enough emotionally-charged heaviness. You know, there should be this special spark of unbridled passion and originality, where the chords aren’t just banged out.
In essence, the six tracks on this Verrat LP bring forth some tried and true metallic riffs, with quite a lot of melody, that fall right between the melodic crust of Tragedy and the Swedish melo-death style of At The Gates / In Flames.
Abgrebrannt is full of gruffer-than-gruff vocals, nice melodic hooks and a pummelling tempo with brazen, throttling riffs at all directions, yet they haven’t fully mastered their songwriting craft to deliver that real final blow to make them stand out among scores of other bands in the genre. This whole wall-of-noise and raw aggression I love so much in crust punk music is almost entirely absent. All that vitality, all that punch-in-the-gut is all but missing, and the whole record sounds somehow too ‘sterile’.
I really don’t like to write negative things about records that actually are not that bad after all, and I’m sure these guys are great people, too. This record just doesn’t click with me the way I was hoping it would. Although, if you’re on the hunt for some melodic, death-metal leaning crust with gruff-as-fuck vocals and dark lyrics in German, Verrat’s Abgrebrannt will most likely meet your requirements.