VERDICT are one of those bands with busy little fingers trying to compress as many riffs they possibly can into a single song but still try to have recognisable routes in the structures. Starting with your basic Death Metal during their formative years things have changed a bit on their newest and only second official album. What these guys are can pull off is admirable and makes one linger on the thought about where their limitations lie.
“Generation: Genocide” is swamped with classic death/thrash riffs and speeds packed within complex song writing and old school nods to revered institutions like SINISTER, KREATOR, HYPOCRISY and tons others. There’s indeed brisk craftsmanship inside the melodic dynamics and brutal flavours of songs like “Bestial Nature” and “Trail Of Terror”, Daniel Baptista doesn’t have to do much else than his Andreas Sydow (DARKANE) impersonations because there’s always a catchy melody or something nasty and brutal around the corner. The music doesn’t stay in one place for too long, a quick transition from brooding melodies into sporting Thrashy splendours from the days of “Spiritual Healing” make “Confession” an exceptional standout track.
Since we’re already on the issue, a good portion of the riff work found on this album obviously pays homage to Schuldiners’ guitar legacy, especially the “normal” parts sound like latter day DEATH with occasional clean guitars and semi progressive fretwork with everything heard clearly as these songs have a pretty good sound though not entirely polished.
Some references to bands from 2000 and beyond are scattered across the album (THE FORSAKEN or ALTERED AEON) bringing in some technical workouts in between but VERDICT’s first rate instrumentalism is close to jaw dropping, it’s no wonder they sound so tight after years and years of practice. Normally I would like to see more variety in the vocals on such releases but when I hear Baptista’s active participation on these songs I can’t possibly ask for more.
These guys can flat out play Thrash/Death Metal with yesterday’s values and today’s modern flair. I say, well done gents! (Online April 24, 2006)