“Their 5 song EP Volume 1 is a collection of melodic power thrash metal inspired by the thrash metal of the late 1980’s and early 90’s. Extinction Event, a technical thrash vibe similar to Bay Area metallers Forbidden vocalist Croy’s growl is reminiscent of Chuck Billy. On Architect of Fear the music is heavy yet melodic. Croy’s vocals take on a more Warrel Dane (Sanctuary) higher pitched tone. Submersus is another thrashy headbanger with brutal rhythms & speed metal drumming... Vermithrax is a band with plenty of upside, the music is a throwback to an earlier time when thrash was the heaviest of the heavy... This EP will appeal to fans of old school thrash like Slayer, Forbidden, Testamentand Exodus as well as newer bands like Arsis, Havoc & Municipal Waste” - Lady Obscure Metal Reviews - US
"Vermithrax seem to have their act together, with their Vol. 1 debut engaging in a progressive death/thrash workout, not unlike Nevermore at their heaviest. Vocalist Chris Roy has one of those multi-faceted, pitch-happy vocal approaches; he’s noticeably animated on “The Summoning” and “Architect of Fear,” thus keeping the band out of generic thrash stable."” - DeadRhetoric.com -
"Gentlemen, there is thunder coming towards us! Simply five songs, five hits... A sound, which does not leave anything left remaining in either force or transparency... riffs and song ideas that are putting much of the competition to shame. VERMITHRAX created music somewhere between NEVERMORE/SANCTUARY, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT. 'Croy' proves his vocal range can go from Warrel Dane over Tim Aymar to Chuck Billy impressively, without sounding like a copy of the vocalists mentioned. We need them to set free the fires of this dragon from the city of Pittsburgh, PA (USA)." - Strike Magazine / Streetclips.TV -Germany
“You really have no excuse not to check out what this lot have to offer, especially if you are a fan of Iced Earth, Nevermore, Testament, Sanctuary and Metal Church. This is most certainly Thrash but it's a slightly more 'reserved' progressive Thrash and it is damned fine, indeed. Production is great, with the bass coming through like a mighty beast, guitar work is big, meaty and the solos beautiful, vocals are brutal but full of melody and the drums more than give you the knockout punch you need when listening to Thrash of any sorts. There's no messing around, Vermithrax go for the throat and breathe fire with the best of them." - Brutiful Metal Radio -US
“Vermithrax has a unique vocalist who’s bringing his metal phrases just to the limit. This band just breathes metal! This is top class US Metal like in the good old days. You will hear the strings scream for mercy, you will notice that the bass of Tom Donaldson is deadly killing and JR Jameson is handling the spawning drums. What a great melody line, what an introduction! This band made my day, week, month, year? Reviewing is easy, as I can only praise them from the bottom of my heart...They get easily 90/100(without prejudice).” - Metal To Infinity - Belgium
“The tracks that are delivered on this EP are furious, crushing, technical thrash reminiscent of recent Testament and Nevermore. A neat technicality exists within the song structure that moves from driving, thunderous rhythms to angry, knife-edged melodies existing inside of a psuedo-prog bubble, until the damn bubble pops and the listener is left with even angrier, faster thrash moments that tear through and whip everything up into a frenzy before returning to those thundering mid-paced driving moments. Vermithrax is a rare band that knows how to balance the finer points of death and melody. The vocals are as thought out and intense as the rest of the music. There are no empty deliveries on these tracks. The songs are belted out in a flurry of emotion that delivers an aural sucker punch.” - Mösh & Höps - US
“Being on the longer side of six and a half minutes, ‘Submersus’ is surprising fresh, with powerful drumming that collides with an audible bass guitar to form a powerful rhythm section. This is kept up through the entirety of the record, the bass is not content to be left in the background, and fights for a position amongst the rest of the instruments. It doesn’t take carefully ears to hear that very powerful throbbing ‘twang’ of the bass guitar strings, rumbling along the fretboard in an orgasm of noise. From ‘Submersus’ to ‘Architect Of Fear’ and ‘The Summoning’, Vermithrax bring you an entertaining saga of interesting variety. The guitars enjoying soloing away in catchy riffs, chugging relentlessly along the length of the EP. The vocalist comes from the group of Bruce Dickenson style vocalists that have risen since Iron Maiden’s heyday, but he has a sound of Chuck Billy in him too, and so the vocalist is an interesting mix, which goes well with the music." - Melting Album Reviews -
“Vermithrax is the baby of singer Chris Roy (ex-Reading Zero / Visionary) and drummer, JR Jameson (aka Jer, The Butcher, ex-Nunslaughter / Icarus Witch), with this, Vermithrax express their love for the mid-tempo thrash in the intersection between Heathen, Testament and Nevermore without dropping from the level of the above mentioned." - Deaf Forever- Issue 1 (Germany)
“Vermithrax descended upon the stage like the behemoth dragon, for which they carry the namesake. As the band broke into an intro, with a fervor of electric energy, vocalist Chris Roy was nowhere to be seen. As the intro came to an astounding crescendo Roy appeared. He strolled out to center stage as if he was the commanding general of the Heavy Metal Army, 1st Division of Thrash, surrounded by his Chiefs of Staff. Immediately tearing into their first song, there was no doubt that Vermithrax had come to kick ass and they really didn’t give a damn what your name was! The ass whoopin’ was continuous ...I was scraping my melted face up off the floor of the mosh pit. Not only did Vermithrax deliver a blistering set of San Francisco rooted thrash metal, with intricate guitar runs and flawless rhythm orchestration, but also was connected to the crowd. It was very evident they were having a fun time delivering the goods to anyone within artillery range!” - The Heavy Metal ICU / Adrenaline101 Radio - US
"Pittsburgh had one more offering, in the form of old school thrash monoliths Vermithrax who delivered a brutal hardcore set of vicious, non-stop, old school thrash, reminiscent of Testament or Exodus and caused the first mosh pits of the evening. Frontman, Croy has incredible stage presence and a vocal cadence similar to Chuck Billy that demanded respect, telling the crowd “Show me your fucking horns.” He went on to ask “Do you like your thrash in Pittsburgh?” and answered “Of course you do. It’s meaty and delicious,” which nearly incited a riot. The rabid fans heard his war cries and took full advantage of their last opportunity to mosh and lost their collective minds as the pit spiraled out of control. It even saw one guy carrying his girlfriend in his arms as he stomped around the circle. Expect big things for the future of Vermithrax." - The Front Row Report -
“Only a year old, Vermithrax are nevertheless threatening to blow up the scene with its blend of dark thrash riffs and epic power/traditional metal vocals... I’m kicking myself for not jumping on this sooner. I’m probably showing my age here, but the first metal bands whose albums I really listened to and/or bought were Overkill, Heathen, and Anthrax (in that order), and ever since then I’ve been pretty passionate about anything heavy and thrashy with powerful, soaring vocals, and interesting twists in the song structure. So really, it’s no surprise that Vermithrax‘s Volume 1 immediately grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go until long after the playing time was over.” -Valley Of Steel- US
"Vermithrax opened up with a thunderous wall of sound akin to Testament or Iced Earth. They made the most of the little room they had one stage, and filled the venue with thrash with ease." - MetalInsider.com -
"The 5-song Debut EP is just called Vermithrax, Vol.1. And it is a kick in the ass, get your head banging rocking piece of gold. This IS some good old school thrash. Awesome about this band is that one can hear each instrument very clearly, they don’t drown each other out. Croy sounds like Halford when he is screaming the lyrics, wow. Yes, this is how good thrash used to be played. Check this band out, they are awesome."
- ProjectMetalMusic - US
"Witness the live ferocity of Vermithrax and holy crap, ferocious they were. Vermithrax are purveyors of the seven-string, two-guitar, slightly progressive modern thrash, sounding a good bit like classic Nevermore with a pinch of, say, modern Exodus. The riffs are savage, the tempos are relentless, and the hulking Roy tempers his angry shout with enough melody and character to keep the vocals interesting. Everything about Vermithrax’s stage presence and songs screamed professionalism. They were tight as hell, and took no prisoners. Vermithrax were just a precision killing machine from beginning to end. Moody modern thrash rarely hits the spot for me, but this gig was fantastic." -TrueMetaLives -
"These guys aren't kidding. Some serious Thrashtastic raging going on here! Vermithrax are heavy as Hell, without sacrificing technicality, chops or quality songwriting. Already sounds classic!!" -Bob Mayo(Wargasm)-
"Last night, a band that I'd been chasing for more than two years finally made their way here to Atlanta: VERMITHRAX. Not to discount any other band who performed last night (at the Showcase event), but... after seeing them command the stage at The 120 Tavern; seeing the metal fans reciprocating the energy coming from the stage; watching everyone's collective jaws drop, I knew I landed that white whale."
-Hoyt Parris (Owner at Pathfinder Promotions/ ProgPower USA Staff) -
"American True Thrash Metal’ and whilst that genre would appeal to me in a big way it does do Vermithrax a massive injustice because there is so much more to them than just basic Thrash Metal! Without a doubt, the influences of Testament, latter day Exodus, Metal Church and King Diamond looms large over their music but the two bands that really spring to mind when listening are Sanctuary and Nevermore.
I am a big fan of all six mentioned bands so to hear this combination of Thrash and more Progressive Metal on the five tracks contained here is an absolute pleasure.
It is also played by five men that are seriously talented musicians, and along with a thunderous production job, hits you like a fistful of nails hammered into your head. There are plenty of time and tempo changes that will keep you guessing but it all fits together wonderfully well and along with some really powerful vocals and fabulous guitar work you’ll be head banging from start to finish. -Ever Metal Mag -US
“Vermithrax are viciously, relentlessly heavy, melding the bludgeoning intensity of thrash with a melodic (and sometimes quirky) flair, and somehow counterbalancing both the new and old schools of heavy metal in equipoise. No, they’re not a nostalgic, purely old-school band, but they have one foot in the past and the other squarely in the present as they honor the thrash masters of the ‘80s, while simultaneously attempting to move the genre forward into the now. Vermithrax are inspired, they’re driven, and they’re heavy as hell. 9/10”