Notable and in its own way surprising is All That Is Holy Must Be Undone, the debut full length by Vermian, a duo made up of musicians I had never heard of before. The English Andie Gill (instruments and composition) and the Irish Seán Gorman (vocals and lyrics) have put together an album really valuable for its execution and convincing in every step, disentangling themselves at their best with a death doom based on old school but which, in fact, includes more than one passage imbued with a melancholic and melodic feeling. Heralded by a series of singles, Vermian‘s album unravels for about three quarters of an hour, leaving only favourable impressions, also thanks to a relative variety which is not alien to the use of several guests, all of fame equal to that of the two owners of the band, with the exception of Mike Midgley, or Mr. William Wight-Barrow who played guitar in the last work of the great A Forest of Stars. In fact, between the opener Deargadaol, legitimate daughter of the best Vallenfyre of Greg Mackintosh, and the final and longer and more elaborate After the Rain, each track contained therein has a comforting ability to attract the listener’s attention, thanks to a thick vocal test of Gorman, bearer of a growl without digressions but tremendously effective, and an inspired compositional impetus of the excellent Gill. For those who have an ear accustomed to the genre, it’s easy to catch in the work of Vermian all those references of the British school that are reworked in a sufficiently personal way and rendered in the best way at a sound level: this should be enough to pay attention to this duo that is only at the beginning of a path of a certain interest.

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