VERMAPYRE are of somewhat mysterious origin. I first became familiar with their existence during FORENSICS’ travels to Belgium over the summer 2010. I was playing some music in the van and got into a discussion with our driver about new French and Belgian black metal. He was adamant that above all else, I should seek out VERMAPYRE. I searched high and low for the remainder of the journey, asking around everywhere we went. Eventually I met someone who supplied me with what appeared to be a low-run cassette demo of the band. The sounds were raw and unrelenting, very much in the vein of all the great French material that has been released in years past. Upon returning home, I found myself playing the demo often and managed to finally contact members of the band directly. It wasn’t easy, but the results are certainly rewarding.