Editor's Rating

Rating out of 10

Vrona – Impermanence

Release Date: 25th October  2017
Bandcamp: https://vrona.bandcamp.com/

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone massively here by listening to prog rock, a genre I tend to not go near purely because a lot of the time I like my simplicity. I do, however, have my appreciation for the talent a lot of the musicians showcase though in this realm. Brighton act, Vrona as a band are full of such talent. Having seen them at Mammothfest in 2016, I was thoroughly impressed with the musicianship on show. Since then, the band has added a vocalist to the mix in the form of Jamie Bell, delivering an extra layer for us to sink our teeth into. Vrona has unveiled ‘Impermanence’, a two-track single as a taster of what we can expect down the line.

I’ll state now, that the new frontman does not distract from the musicianship at all, instead a lot of the time his voice feels like an extra instrument. The vocals are soft and entrancing on top of plucked basslines in the title track, ‘Impermanence’, yet they punch through in a powerful wail early on. The melodies are tender for the first half of the song and the singer showcases his vocal range with some higher-pitched tones to match the mood. The tone does shift, we get some oomph with crunchier riffs, harder hitting drums and constant cymbal crashes lingering the background of a captivatingly intricate guitar solo.

The first track fades out softly and the second track, ‘Tundra’ comes right in with an equally soft manner. Steady, yet crisp drum patterns layered with once again soothing guitar and bass melodies. This lulls us into the false sense of security that the opener also did; the distorted hooks peak through again along with Bell’s powerful voice, it’s not singing, just strung out, strained notes that convey all the emotion you need. The track flows through a segment of subtle ambiance before unleashing the true heaviness that Vrona can deliver. Bell’s screams together with grooving riffs show us the angst that counteracts the beauty we’ve already been treated to.

Combined, these two tracks last more than fifteen minutes of impeccable instrumentalism and vocal talent. The technical prowess of Vrona is enough to hook you in, then Bell’s delivery pricks your ears throughout. As previously stated, this isn’t my usual “go to” subgenre, but it’s an impressive taster and introduction of the “new” Vrona.

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