AURUM AETUS PIRATICUS
The toughest CDs to review, at least in my opinion are those where you have no natural reference points. If it's a blues album, or country-rock, etc., you have other CDs that you can measure it against in your mind.
However on occasion bands still go out and forge music in new ways, and when you run up against one of those, the review process gets a lot more difficult.
Welcome to Verbal Deception, a metal band out of Calgary. While the band wears the metal label, fans of the world of metal know the genre has fractured into numerous sub-genres, from Goth metal to death metal to Viking metal, and now Verbal deception steps forward with what one I guess terms Pirate metal.
Like Viking metal before it, this CD is themed around pirates and the sea, unusual I suppose from a band on the Alberta Prairies, but nevertheless a fun romp musically.
There is enough straight-ahead, guitar-driven metal instrumentation here to please the average metal head, so that is a positive.
Lyrically, you'll be ready to keel-haul the enemy, or swab the deck after listening to this one. Sure it's a little bit overly stylized, akin to Viking and symphonic metal, but hey that's what makes it fun. With the success of Pirates of the Caribbean, why not set sail on this CD too.
Kresho Klarich is the lead vocalist, doing the deep growl of the genre well, but at least in most instances you can understand the words without heading to the liner notes.
Overall, this is just too fun in its originality of subject material as a CD not to recommend, as long as you enjoy metal to start with. Check them out at http://www.verbaldecption.com/
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 15, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada