"City of Kings" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


Brooklyn metal trio Verismo's latest 10-track offering reveals a band whose stoner rock vibes and thrash metal licks work in conjunction to righteously kick you in the ass.

Fat grooves like the one found on "Field Report" are commonplace when shuffling through this CD, as this unit really cranks out the COC meets Life of Agony aura while implementing its unique spin on NYC metal of past acts such as Circus of Power, Blitzspeer, and Warrior Soul.

Spanning the metal realm for influences that range from Clutch to Scorpions, Verismo ceremoniously unfurls heavy hooks and galloping guitar runs like a crossover band a la Leeway on tracks like "Enemy," while the super-tight rhythm section's uncanny knack for consistently driving it home keeps "City of Kings" sturdy on cuts like "The Lorax" and "Moment of Clarity."

A veritable potpourri of great songs and a great overall sound is what "City of Kings" offers so, if you're looking for a band that can groove, thrash, and leave a melody humming in your head, look to Verismo.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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