As someone who is pretty inept at crafting even one song, it’s no less than bewildering to me whenever I see a single musician be a part of multiple acts at one time with each of them constantly churning out new material meaning that their brain is always ticking away new glory. There are plenty of names that may come to mind when we consider extremely skilled musicians throughout the underground that are constantly making moves in one way or another, but it’s the mastermind simply known as G.G. that many may overlook despite creating plenty of recognizable names. Even then, it’s with a brand new creation that we see the man bring company along to deliver a scathing debut the likes of which deserves to be spread like wildfire.
Without even considering the other acts that the name of G.G. is acquainted with or even the other bands of his bandmates here, it should be stunningly clear to anyone who falls into the dense, vicious, and exceedingly blue realm of Vertebra Atlantis that this is not another casual approach to extreme metal that is a simple combination of death and black metal that offers little more than slightly elevated chaos. But that’s not nearly enough for what we got within the vast depths of “Lustral Purge In Cerulean Bliss” as it’s within these seven tracks that these musicians truly went deep to deliver us an experience that leans towards some of the best of what this relatively straightforward form of black/death metal despite Vertebra Atlantis never once taking the easy route out with even me calling this straightforward in any way already a little misleading, yet I find myself at a slight loss to really describe what’s before me here. It’s the sort of work that simply cannot only be heard once and then think you’ve heard virtually everything that there is to be had with the record for it’s a creation that truly gives up its secrets the more you listen to it and the deeper you dig the more madness in exquisite detail there is to find. To find a work that’s hard to put a finger on would be an interesting work for anyone, but it’s when we get it in surprising detail like what Vertebra Atlantis has crafted for their debut that we get one of the best forms of it with it having so much to offer from every angle, and it’s the entirety of “Lustral Purge In Cerulean Bliss” that we get chaos in a form that’s alluring but no less eviscerating.
This is a massive aural assault that is far more the work of experienced craftsmen rather than a blind flurry of aggression that too many black/death bands find themselves trapped in with every corner of this maddening creation showing us just what exactly such a talented act is capable of virtually without falter to bring us a boast of a debut that holds nothing back with nothing but quality as the end result. How long we’re to wait to hear more from Vertebra Atlantis after this releases I cannot say, but no matter how long we wait it’s with the whole of “Lustral Purge In Cerulean Bliss” that we’ll have more than enough to pick apart and enjoy to the fullest extent as this is a work that will certifiably keep many entranced for a long time to come.
“Lustral Purge In Cerulean Bliss” releases on November 12th via I, Voidhanger Records!
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