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.
A completely unique blend of personal tastes form a brand of heavy music with influences ranging from punk, rock, and metal, to classical, and world music. Regardless of what tangent Verismo explore in their romps, the beats are tight, the bass is thick, the guitars are monstrous, and the vocals are powerful.
Trained musicians with a knack for odd time signatures and dark, sarcastic lyricism, Verismo paint a unique portrait of their environment across the water from the glamour of Manhattan. Verismo, translating to “realism” in Italian offer a rare glimpse of an amazing band in their promising career.