MP3 Premiere: Vera Cruz’s “Black Walls”

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“Black Walls”

Vera Cruz: “Black Walls”

French metalcore quartet Vera Cruz makes a fist-pumping, head-banging, mosh-inducing debut in the US next week with Skinandteethandnails, the band’s first release for home-country label Season of Mist.

On the 11-song full-length, the down-tuned fury intermixes with a handful of melodic choruses and clean vocals, and a few other surprises turn up unexpectedly. “Black Walls” is the best example of said surprises, as a minute of high-octane punk/hardcore transitions from a final screamed phrase to an eerie, lengthy, plunking banjo outro with a whistling background.