Style: Death Metal
Release date: 25 March, 2011
Playing time: 44:26

After two EP's this is the first full-length for this German band. The band mixes mid tempo death metal with grooving parts and an old school touch. Besides that they bring in a portion of melody too. There are a lot of tempo changes, from rather up tempo to slow and back again. The vocals are like you expect from a death metal band, rather harsh with a grunt every now and then.

What makes the band a little different is the use of rather catchy melodies and rather melodic guitar parts. "Empty Eyes" is a rather technical song with fast and slower groovy parts. The variety in tempo and style makes this song interesting. Suddenly the band puts in a serene part followed by slow tempo death metal with low grunting after which the song continues on high speed. Another phenomenon is the use of Machine Head kind of beeping guitar sounds, like in the track "Impact". That the band likes to experiment can be heard in the next track; "Mourning Sun" too, out of nowhere there is a funky guitar part and within 10 seconds they continue in their brutal way.

With a little fantasy you can say that Vermin sounds a little bit like a death metal version of Machine Head, but that does not cover the complete spectre of music on this album. All in all, this band does not bring a lot new music, but they have the ability to use some different styles within one song without turning them into loose sand.

If I was you, I would give them the benefit of the doubt first. After checking them out, you can always decide if this album is worth purchasing. I enjoyed it, and after a few spins even more.


01. Paradise
02. While You Were Dead
03. Empty Eyes
04. Impact
05. Mourning Sun
06. Frozen Mirror
07. Public Violation
08. Forsake
09. Spread Your Wings
10. Screams

Label: Heretic Visions Productions
Distribution: Twilight
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 29 March, 2011