Return Of The Metal
A Review w/Reckless_Ron
Varga was formed by childhood friends Joey Varga (bass) and Dan Fila (drums) around Hamilton Ontario Canada in the late 80s, releasing their first independent cassette “Multiple Orgasms” in 1991 featuring a progressive thrash metal sound with industrial interjections. In 1992 the band recorded a full length album under the Maze America label entitled “Oxygen” which was never released on the record label as it folded that year. In 1993 Varga signed with the Zoo/BMG and released “Prototype” the following year, their most successful release which gained popularity on fm radio and Mtv rotation. The band toured extensively in the US and Canada drawing an extensive fan base. By 1998 Varga took a break, while still keeping in touch, Varga was on hiatus for the time being….
Fast-forward to 2011 the band reconnected with Adam Alex (guitar) and Sean Williamson (lead guitar) who realized that the old chemistry was still there and the band decided to enter the studio with Julius Butty to start recording their next album after a 12 year break, “Enter The Metal” in 2013. The band realized that they had a lot more material than what one CD could represent so they continued writing and have now released “Return Of The Metal”. Both CDs could have been released as a double “gatefold’ album back in the day, but in this new age of record label independence, Varga has executed these discs’ releases with a building momentum of interest.
Hailed as a working man’s band (that most known bands probably draw material from) Varga is the real deal, invigorating progressive heavy metal in its most original form.
The band performs with a passion and a unified team effort that sounds extreme yet effortless by these craftsmen of the metal trade. Weaving speed thrash and twisting time changes through-out their music, the band seems driven to excellence at their given charge of total metalhead satisfaction.
From the opening track “Three Section Staff” the band demonstrates the mesmerizing capabilities that are about to unfold. From Dan Filas’ powerful prowess on the drum kit, Joey Vargas’ bad ass bass and superb vocals, combined with the ever driving force of Sean Williamson and Adam Alexs’ twin guitar onslaughts, the end result is sheer metal brilliance.
“After Life Comes” engages the listener to question our own reality and the possibilities of the universe. The song propels along with a splendid heavy bass back beats accompanied by time stopping riffs and hooks that boggle the mind.
“Disfigured Gargoyle” depicts a world in chaos where we’ve been told to get things right or an unworldly entity will drop from the heavens to lay waste of our ignorance and pride. Very heavy and epic with gut wrenching power \m/
“Evil Drifters” has a chromatic scale with wailing guitar chug; painting a picture of some bad ass futuristic High Plains gunslingers rolling across the plains looking for trouble and taking down names.
Let the head banging commence .. As we segue into “Money Talks”. A double time – heavy metal beat down with spiraling lyrics about economic chaos and how greed is a part of all of us. The thrashiest number on the disc with Sean and Adam sharing frets of fire and the rhythm section blowing things up.
“Far East Super Slaughter” is a gritty tale of how war machines continue to roll on throughout the world. The relentless bombastic serenade between drums and guitars create the perfect canvas to paint this picture of war torn countries and governments fighting for power and greed.
This rebirth of Varga is that of a band, that has its’ core values; in creating honest credible, original, mesmerizing and memorable metal music, in a day and age when cookie-cutter vocals and following the next musical trend seems the norm. This band thoroughly enjoys challenging themselves to creating a sound that will be universally heard and understood as the one and only Varga.
Refracting and reshaping all of the metal/music that you thought you knew…into something new.
I thoroughly enjoy this disc time and again as well as “Enter The Metal” … both are a must have in your metal library for years to come!