Established October 2013 as ‘Purgatory’, the prog thrash metal band from Arendal, Norway, was known, for a short period, as ‘Morbid Visions’, but as it replicated a Sepultura album title, it was eventually changed to ‘Vorbid’.
Various line-up changes took place from 2013-2016, during a very busy time for the band, of entering talent contests, experimenting with contrasting musical styles, etc. During this time, they won 2 local Battle Of The Bands style contests, one international BOTB, (Norway 2016) and eventually came 4th, in the world final, held in Berlin. As part of their 2nd BOTB, they won the opportunity to play a local fest alongside former Rainbow keyboardist Tony Carey.
Following the Global BOB world final, early 2016, things were going well for the band and creativity was at an all-time high. Rehearsals were now more frequent than live appearances. At this point, the final and current line-up was completed.
In August 2016, Vorbid released their debut self titled EP, recorded at Mella studio. It’s available on spotify and iTunes, etc and also on CD. The track, ‘Violation Of A Human Mind’, recorded in a separate studio, a year earlier, is also on spotify.
Closed Casket – Ooh yeah! Banging intro there, of utter professionalism. Sleek, thoughtfully paced and constructed, with a very Testament-esque sound and vocals resembling Axl Rose himself. A surprisingly fitting, workable combo! Gigantic riffs, explosive feel, great track length. It’s a killer intro. 3/4 in and already I’m in metal heaven. A cross between ‘Days Of Darkness’ and ‘Use Your Illusion’ 1 and 2, which works immensely well. That’s what I call flavour.
Crimson Crown- Intrigue, mystery and suspense! That’s how you start a follow-up track! Creaking, footsteps and trap doors, with a sinister, ominous feel … and then … it bursts into life, with a fiery riff blitz, powerhouse drumming and vocals to stun, delight and singe into living memory. It positively fizzes and crackles with energy. Throwing off fiery sparks of electricity, left, right and centre, it’s an absolute feast of epically magical proportions. Truly beautiful in the most enjoyably haunting way. You could live and die by those riffs.
Desert Of The Wicked – Crashing landslide of metal. Very Halfordesque power vocals there and pulling them off incredibly well! Think ‘Painkiller’. There’s the catchiness revealing itself, 1/4 of the way in and it just buzzes with life and vitality. If there’s one thing this band must be, it’s consummate consumators, if the raw sexiness inherent in this music’s anything to go by. Talk about metalgasm territory. Got it here, in spades and then some. Seriously impressive and seriously fun. Just one thing – why does it end?
Garden Of The Departure – Oh, some gloriously steel stringed riffs to die for there, right at the intro and it’s not long before the whole track grows in even more strength. Building a metallic pyre of such vibrant, life affirming fire, only the already dead could fail to be moved, excited and thrilled to the very core by this immensity. This time, I actually lost my pen, air drumming and had to search for it, finally finding it on the bottom of my computer desk, where it had flown out of my hand and fallen three levels, in its excitement. Retrieving it just in time for the sheer amazement of power that is the ending, to make you just want to drop everything and rock out, with them, I have one thing left to say …. Gold dust. Absolute gold dust.
Overall – From here to eternity, you’re going to remember this EP. Extremely rarely will anything hit you so profoundly. When you write your bucket list, this EP has to be number 1. Seriously, brain-slammingly, earth-shatteringly, metallically powerful. Unique, bold, extravagantly energetic. Livelier than life itself. Thrash metal gold.
For fans of Testament, Judas Priest, G’ ‘N’ R’, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Anthrax, power, speed, thrash and NWOHM.