Verismo, the Italian term for an 18th century plebeian opera, when literally translated, means “realism”. Verismo’s music, when experienced in person, is just that. No pretense, no echoes of popular styles, just 3 brooklynites beating the shit out of you with unique, groove oriented thrash rock that couldn’t have been conjured anywhere or by anyone else. A diverse trio united by their common love of heavy music, Laboccetta, Vajda, and Cruz formed Verismo in 2006 and shortly thereafter released their debut “City of Kings” which was critically reviewed and earned the band it’s reputation in the local metal scene.
All three grew up on a solid diet of Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and the like, but what sets Verismo apart is their departure from this style while retaining its musical prowess and energy. Fluid, musical bass lines on top of thunderous beats in odd time signatures rounded out by massive and abrasive layers of guitar and vocals. Hearing Verismo live is a jarring, revelatory experience; to see these three musicians unite to create such powerful music is a rare and fortunate event.
PRESS RELEASE - Falling UP The Stairs
Brooklyn thrash-rock trio VERISMO returns to the scene to follow up their crushing 2007 debut “City of Kings” with a new 4 song EP titled “Falling up the Stairs”. This long awaited release sees the band pushing the envelope of their craft and indulging in some high end production along the way. The line up remains Stephan Laboccetta on vocals and guitar, Tamas Vajda on the drums, and Vinny Cruz on bass and vocals.
The album begins with an instantly recognizable bass riff that launches “Unholy”, a funeral march-based beast of an intro track that paints the story of a failed relationship and its’ after effects. The second track, “Stealing Chromies” is a bizarre romp through childhood fears set against an odd time signature and featuring an excellent trade-off solo between guitar and bass. Next is “Failure”, a darkly sarcastic metal epic expertly arranged in true Verismo fashion and filled with double bass madness and break neck time changes. The disc finishes with “A Manner Darkly” where the band takes a massive turn into uncharted ballad territory while retaining their grit in the chorus sections.
In “Falling up the Stairs” the band showcases its diverse abilities, flexing skills in odd time signatures, counterpoint rhythms, and plain virtuosic weirdness that defines their style regardless of release. For those hearing the trio’s music for the first time, come hear what thrash-loving Brooklynites have known for years: Verismo deals.
Recorded at Sweetfire Studios, Brooklyn.
Co-produced by Michael Barile (40 Below Summer, E-Town Concrete, Candiria)