Baltimore, Maryland-based dissonant black/death metal outfit VERMÖRD has completed work on their debut full-length album, Nostalgic Predictions, confirming the album for release in April. The cover art, track listing, preorders, and more have been issued, and a visualizer for the lead single, “The Nine Circles,” is now playing.
Formed in 2014, VERMÖRD recorded their first EP, Dawn Of The Black Harvest, in 2015 with Grimoire Records, the record surrounded by two demos. The EP was met with solid critical acclaim by a wide array of metal outlets, and the band had already coalesced into the local metal scene, playing regularly around the Baltimore area. After winning a local battle of the bands contest for an opening slot for the Summer Slaughter Tour of 2016, their fanbase grew exponentially as a result. The band went through a hiatus from 2017-2020, where there were lineup changes, and no new recording or live activity took place, however, new music was still being written. In 2021, the revamped lineup began recording all the songs they had crafted in this period, which became their first full-length, Nostalgic Predictions.
Continuing to strive to craft intense, epic, ominous, music, VERMÖRD’s aggressive approach is more realized than ever on Nostalgic Predictions. With rapid drumming and tremolo-picked riffs backed with occasional chugging chords, the band infuses components of sinister death metal into a wholly blackened aura, with technical and progressive tendencies and melodic elements instilled throughout.
Nostalgic Predictions is a beast, delivering thirteen tracks in just under an hour of playing time. The record was recorded by the band, then mixed and mastered by Noel Gardner at Grimoire Records and completed with cover artwork by Matt Lawrence. Fans of Necrophagist, Emperor, Decapitated, and Dark Funeral should undoubtedly hear VERMÖRD’s incinerating output.