Niagara Falls (Niagara, Iroquois, water thunder) is a group of three waterfalls in the Niagara River that flow between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. From the city of Niagara Falls comes the band Varius that also deliver some thunder from time to time.
Hailing from Niagara Falls, Canada, Varius brings forth a new EP Concordance that aims to challenge genre boundaries, more so than any of their previous releases. The second single Lament Of Dissonance can now be enjoyed with a visualizer video.
Lament Of Dissonance balances between a relatively straightforward groove track and an experimental piece. The song begins with melodic guitars before descending into a crushing groove riff in the verses. The band explains further:
«The track came about in a different way for us, originating from a piano piece that our drummer, Vlad, had written. We worked together to rearrange the melodies and other parts for guitar and bass, adding more details and riffs along the way until the song took on its own identity. It became one of the groovier, more straightforward tracks on the EP, and easily represents the heaviness of this album».
«We worked together lyrically as well, telling the story of a genius composer cracking under the pressure of expectations from their audience, before channeling their doubt into a masterpiece. To top it off, the end of the song has a certain twist that keeps with the experimental tradition of Varius, and it stands out to us as a special track».
While the song takes a personal perspective from this individual and describes the burden of living up to the demands of a hungry audience, Varius embraces the stage, aiming for tightness and consistency in our individual parts, as well as our tempo and groove as a band. One area where they really stand out is with front man, Joey Scaringi, a local FM radio host and talented public speaker, who has a great personality for a front man with his energetic stage presence. Passion and dedication have provided them opportunities such as sharing the stage with bands like Beyond Creation and Ninjaspy.
The progressive, melodic death metal of Varius is suitable for anyone with an open mind, especially those who enjoy Children Of Bodom, Hypocrisy, and Lamb Of God.
1. Golden Crown (6:03)
2. Concordance Of The Legionfall (4:59)
3. Lament Of Dissonance (4:43)
4. Gut Shoveler (5:28)
Digital EP Length: 21:14
Note: Physical CD copies of Concordance will feature a bonus track (previously released digitally – 2019)
5. P.I.S.S. (3:22) (CD Bonus Track)
EP Length (CD version): 24:40