VERDICT DENIED - CONDAMNED
SECRET PORT RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
15 years ago, there were some youngsters in Greece that wanted to play metal
like their big influences.
The sound should be hard and heavy and spiced up with a little Thrash Metal.
Verdict was born, and the underground was pleased with several demos
throughout the years.
As always, line up problems occurred, and after finding the best suitable
members, they changed their name into Verdict Denied.
band played a lot of shows with acts like Tank, Mekong Delta, Paul Dianno and
Anvil, and the underground scene knew that this was a potential band that was
able to smash some skulls during their ferocious live gigs!
Steel Records offered the band a deal, they entered the studio to record their
first output, and there was also a helping hand out of Canada.
Jeff Waters from Annihilator suggested doing the final mix and mastering
at his Watersound Studios. That result is now available under the moniker of
Condamned, which contains 8 tracks and a total playing time of almost 50 minutes.
the very first tunes of the song ’Fake Alibies’ you hear the influence of
Annihilator in the riffs and arrangement of the song. In every track you get the
typical Jeff Waters riffs presented as a copycat, but with lesser details and a
kind of clone of Jeff.
They try to play like Jeff, but doesn’t succeed one second to get in
his shadow. It doesn’t mean that the songs are a pain in the ass.
Not at all, but they have no guts, and this means no glory…
Verdict Denied can be described as a band with potential, but with a long
way ahead of their career to follow the master’s footsteps.
Bay Area Thrash Metal bands combined with German Thrash Metal acts might result
in style that can fit to Verdict Denied.
Two decades ago, they might have been a ‘pleasant newcomer’, but anno
2009, we need more skills from every musician as individual and a tighter, more
striking release to raise our hair in the neck… Check them out in a smoking
club, as a support of middle range Metal act, and you have a hell of a night.
The day after, you won’t remember one song, as they are all sameness….
My rating: 75 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
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