Saturday 16 March 2019

VAREGO - I, Prophetic (Album Review)

Release date: February 15th 2019. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

I, Prophetic – Tracklisting

1.Origin 01:45
2.The Abstract Corpse 05:41
3.I, Prophetic 06:29
4.Of Dust 05:27
5.Silent Giants 05:00
6.When the Wolves Howl 03:02
7.Duelist 05:03
8.Zodiac 04:32


Voice/Bass: Davide Marcenaro
Guitar: Alberto Pozzo
Guitar: Gerolamo Lucisano
Drums: Simon Lepore


I, Prophetic is the new album from Italian Progressive Sludge Masters – VAREGO – and it’s perhaps their most creative album to date. The band take many risks with this album and offer a more well rounded experience with the band playing a more groovier and progressive sound that has came before it.

Opening song – Origin – is a subdued Ambient Post-Rock song with a haunting piano track offering a sense of calm before the heavy progressive sounds appear.

Second song – The Abstract Corpse – is a mixture of heavy Progressive Sludge Grooves and hard-rocking Stoner Metal riffs that I haven’t heard VAREGO attempt to do before. It’s an encouraging start as the song has quite a gloomy and atmospheric doom metal approach to it. The guitars are LOUD and perhaps the most constant threat on the entire album. The vocals from Davide are equally as good with Davide drawing influence from bands from the world of 70s Progressive Rock and perhaps King Crimson being one of the main influences for Davide’s vocals and perhaps the band as well.

Third song I, Prophetic – carries on the heavy Progressive Sound but adds a deep heavy Post-Metallic sound to the mix with VAREGO becoming almost as menacing as Neurosis and Mastodon. That’s a good thing as VAREGO add their sound to the Progressive Sludge Metal genre. The distorted vocals from Davide is a great touch as the overall feel of the album becomes heavier and darker as a result.

Songs such as Of Dust, Silent Giants and Duelist are perhaps the standout songs on the album with VAREGO creating a heavy and deep meaningful vortex of different complex rhythms and sounds. The lyrics and production are other highlights to be discovered on the album. As the lyrics add a complex and soulful meaning to the overall message of I, Prophetic.

2019 is VAREGO’s 10th anniversary as a band and on this form I can hopefully see them for a very long time to come. I, Prophetic proves that VAREGO are one of the best Progressive Sludge Metal bands that the Italian Sludge Metal scene has to offer.
If you’re a fan of Mastodon, Baroness and Neurosis but with the sludge riffs steeped in classic sounding 70s Prog Rock then this is the album for you.

Overall, this album is a highly intelligent and complex sounding album that leaves you wanting more.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Argonauta Records and Mona at All Noir PR for the promo. I, Prophetic is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via ArgonautaRecords.


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