Roundtable Review: Verse Vica – Endeavor

Album CoverLabel: Self-released

Release Date:  October 6th 2014

Songs:  8 tracks

Length: 41 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  North Carolina, USA

For fans of: Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Animals As Leaders

WarpRider –This is one of those bands in line with Between the Buried and Me or The Ocean. There are lots of glorious progressive things going on here that it is impossible to catch everything the first time around. Lots of replay value here. The vocals (when they are growling) are a little on the deep end considering the music is so clean and precise. I like the Spanish touch on Ravenholm; that was pretty cool and unexpected. Though I am a big fan of gratuitous growling, I think I might prefer cleans with this music. 3.8

Promo 1Irmelinis – Here’s a thrilling debut that took me a very long time to get into. I’ve given it well over ten spins, and finally its excellence starts to make sense. Persistence pays off! “Endeavor” is a very interesting collection of continuous, unbroken tracks, all of them with fun references to classic video games like Resident Evil, Zelda, Half- Life and Pokémon – this alone makes me want to buy the album and read through the lyrics. The riffs are tight, performed with meticulous skill and every so often it’s mixed up with seductive post rock passages that provides flow and beauty. It’s these passages that really saves the music from being too repetitive and streamlined, and they are a very important part in the sound. Of course having programmed drums will always be a drawback, and the harsh, guttural vocals are a little too “unpolished”. However, I’ve grown to love this record, which will soon be released as an instrumental version as well, and it comes highly recommended to fans of anything proggy and posty. 4.0

ChristopherMammal – Versa Vica play the most modern style of prog metal and they do it very well. The resulting debut is a highly musical album with a good variety of melodies and vocal approaches. In structure, the newer prog matal is far removed from what has become the classic Dream Theater, Symphony X or Queensrÿche sound. To a great extent, “Endeavor” is built on distinctly picked guitar rather than the older style of thunderous, merging notes. The guitar arpeggios, combined with staccato bursts of drumming and a mix of clean and dark vocals, should pull in fans who feel the world has had enough of 20th century metal. The challenge for Verse Vica, however, will be to make themselves stand out more than they do against the plethora of prog metal bands entering the arena. 3.7

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.8 out of 5

Our ratings are done on a scale of 1-5 with a 1 being an abysmal album, a 2.5 being a halfway point (an O.K. album), and a 5 being outstanding.


About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

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