Style: Symphonic Black Metal
Celebrating a decade of activity, Bergamo based Black Metallers Veratrum release yet another EP, on their own, without the support from a label, like they did two years ago with Chronicon. Visioni features 5 tracks and clocks 20 minutes of Symphonic Black Metal with Death Metal influences; rich orchestrations and expressive structures are building up some epic atmospheres worth getting into. The keyboard lines are very good, expressive and perfectly supportive for the other instruments, but somehow I feel their tone isn't exactly what was needed, they are not bombastic enough, like 80% of what I would have liked them to be, but this might be my impression only. The music is building up dramatic tones and horrifying episodes so that taken all in all the EP unveils like a concept material, a deeply mystical offering, so from this point of view Veratrum are just spot on, they managed to create a sick atmosphere herein. The fact they've chosen Italian as language for their lyrics give them a bit more originality and hopefully they'll benefit from a better support from the local audience this way. If you're into Symphonic Extreme Metal Veratrum are definitely a band to check.
Reviewed by Adrian