Verbal Deception

Verbal Deception


Verbal Deception play "pirate metal," a metal sub-genre coined to reflect their popular style which has made them a favourite on the Calgary Metal scene. The music blends folk melodies, death metal vocals with power, death & progressive metal ferocity.



- Formed in November, 2002 by Kresho Klarich and Walt Fleming while in high school
- Debut full length album - "Aurum Aetus Piraticus" - released June 27, 2006
- Playing live shows since mid 2004, six-city U.S. tour July 2006
- Songs have had 130,843 plays on MySpace from October 20, 2005 – April , 2007


- Featured Spotlight band in Feb 2007 issue of Metal Hammer UK (pg 22)
- Their Album "Aurum Aetus Piraticus" recieved an 8.5 out of 10 from "Brave Words and Bloody Knucles" magazine in their issue for October 2006
- Feature Interview in Germany’s November 2006 webzine issue.
- Featured in a review by Finland's Lamentations of the Flame Princess Print Zine
- Appeared on two of Metal Injections metal Podcasts, MSR Cast episode #33 and The Entropy League episode #61
- Cover and feature article in Beatroute Magazine, published in Calgary, AB, September, 2006
- Appeared on “The Governor’s Ball” (CSCR Toronto 90.3 FM) w/ Sam Dunn, August 12, 2006
- Feature article in Absolute Underground, published in Victoria, BC, August 2006
- Featured band on The Metal Observer’s (International Webzine) debut podcast August 1, 2006
- Radio Interview on CILU 102.7 FM Thunder Bay’s “Blowin’ Up The Lakehead”, July 28, 2006
- Currently charting at #8 on ChartAttack Metal Top Ten Chart, September 1, 2006
- "Aurum Aetus Piraticus" – 6th consecutive week on the ChartAttack Canadian College Radio Charts
- Peaked at #5 on !Earshot’s National College Loud Chart, August 15, 2006
- "Aurum Aetus Piraticus" – 5 consecutive weeks on the !Earshot Canadian College Radio Charts
- Debuted at #8 on the Megatunes Top 30 chart (Calgary Record Store), July 2006
- Feature article in the Entertainment section of the Lethbridge Herald, July 20, 2006
- Cover story for the entertainment section of The Calgary Herald, June 22, 2006
- ‘Jewels of the Dead’ appeared on the compilation album KnuckleTracks #95 from renown metal magazine Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles
- Hold five positions on the Metal Chart Top 10 of the CBC New Music Canada site


Verbal Deception is a pirate metal band that formed in Calgary, Canada in November 2003. Original members, Kresho Klarich (guitar and vocals), and Walt Fleming (keyboard and piano), met in high school and Taylor Pierce (drums) was a longtime friend of Walt's. All 16 years old at the time, they wrote their first song in two jam sessions. They liked the pirate sounding elements and sailed on with a grand plan to introduce "pirate metal" to the world. With Taylor in another city, jamming was tough so another friend, Johnny Iocca was recruited for drums. The name they chose - "Verbal Deception" - comes from a phrase in the song Mentally Blind by the legendary DEATH and is a respectful nod to Chuck Schuldiner.

Verbal Deception recorded a 6 track self titled EP in April 2004 and over the course of 18 months sold 500 copies. When they landed their first radio interview in August, 2004, the DJ asked them how their music was different than that of Running Wild's. "Running Who?" they asked. The DJ filled them in on who Running Wild was, and after getting over the initial shock that they were not the first pirate metal band in the world, they carried on, still determined to bring their brand of piracy to the wide open seas of metal.

In September of 2005, Jordon Bourgeault joined the band as drummer and the group remained a trio until they recruited bassist Terry Baldwin from the metal group Caveat to fill in the low end. An active performance schedule helped establish Verbal Deception's reputation within the underground metal scene and the band was quickly playing to packed venues and community halls. They headed back into the studio in 2005 and 2006 to finish their debut full-length CD. With Terry's commitments to Caveat increasing, they then recruited Matt Petti on bass in April of 2006.

Aurum Aetus Piraticus ( Latin for the Golden Age of Piracy) is an 11 song CD (with a "buried treasure" track) that was released late June, 2006 to very good reviews and quickly hit the charts on National Campus Radio Stations in Canada. Verbal Deception completed a short six-city US tour in July and will be touring Canada and more US cities in 2006 and 2007.


Verbal Deception plays a metal sub-genre known as "Pirate Metal", often classified by critics as either "Folk Metal" or "Melodic Death Metal". The music combines Gypsy, Iberian and Arabic melodies, with a mix of Death and Power metal guitar, progressive keyboards and drums with harsh vocals. The lyrical content and musical inspiration has been chosen to reflect the life and times of the pirates who sailed the mid-Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Verbal Deception have written all of their own material and lyrics and have a repertoire of over 15 songs.


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Jewels of The Dead

Written By: Fleming/Klarich

In wicked times
Of last despair
These precious stones
Release its glare

Cursed are the chosen ones
Who prosper deadly stones
Everlasting spells of greed
Lurch its divine atone

I look into my life and see that my mind is gone
Forever searching for the jewels of the dead

Chants of prayer
Damned for all time
Sacral laws
Useless hope factored unwell
Till the end of time

Its glimmer draws us here
To the caverns of wrath
It sucks us in
It feeds our soul
To its wretched binding scourge

Jewels of the Dead

Under The Black Flag

Written By: Fleming/Klarich

Aye what fool bastards are these
Who sail blackest pirate seas
Galleon of color, that sails to the south
To lands of plenty, with great golden bounty
Who mars our skies, with black buzzards cries
Treasures abourd your bastard boat's lord
Who travels this way with no fear of foul play?
There's a chill in this ship's cocky will
Aye, this captain I know
He bestows death cold and slow
Brave Pirates he killed
Maimed, tortured for thrill
Aye, this captain will die

Sail ya bastard, sail thy wind
Sail for friends you tortured and killed
Mistakes you'll make, I'll sail behind
Blast you to hell, revenge my grind
One chance, my luck, our fates entwined
Blood and Flesh
Eyes will go blind

Tortured screams, flow forth from depths abroad
To be your future day, only for ye sailing bawds
Treasure in hand, as the blood of your man
Words you shout are truth in sound
Your teasure we'll take, blood spilt to the ground
Run, run, run to thy refuge
Ye hide in thy North
For the day you defeat us, will never come forth


Written By: Klarich/Fleming

All aboard the Gallion
All scoundrels, thieves and wives
They loaded on at the rise of dawn
Prepared to lose their lives

The crewmen guard the anchor
As its hoisted from the wave
The dock recedes as the Captain leads
His Voyage in deprave

"This is me scourge", the Captain roared.
In which this grand ship be waiting
With crews of sworn


They rowed out bold and free
Voyages build the blood of men
To scavenge every sea

A merry life to you savage men
Who stand by freedom's right
Fueling rum to arm our drive
And raid this ship in sight

The Temptress

Written By: Klarich / Flaming

In… barren wilderness
The ship halted at my request
Musk grew strong thru waves we rowed
The spell was cast like few could know

There she was, half dressed
Blind temptation, she danced before the crew
We nearly sailed the sun to its bloody fate
When sultry lands have you

Now… closer the waves I row
Alone with her the fragrance grows
By the fire she enchants
Dancing round, the snake’s entranced

Her eyes, her gaze, her thieving spell
The Temptress
Deceptive ways
How could I resist?

Hair so soft, her lips, her breasts
The Temptress
She invites my rough caress
The Temptress

The night calls out to me
Her knavish ways unforeseen
The taste of rum dimmed my eyes
A shadow wakes from disguise
The mourning breeze blows from sea
Unguarded swag, where is she?


In… the night I was betrayed
My gold, my jewels, all way laid
I hunt her down, I make her pay
I wash my hands in blood this day



Verbal Deception's highly anticipated debut album "Aurum Aetus Piraticus" was released on June 27th via Scarab Metal Productions.

The concept album, featuring 11 original tracks, a 16-page booklet and an exclusive Verbal Deception poster, was recorded at Sundae Sound Studio in Calgary, AB and was mastered by Dave Horrocks of Infinite Wave Studios.

The album is currently available for purchase at select stores in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, including:

- Megatunes (Calgary, AB)
- Sloth Records (Calgary, AB)
- Play Market Mall (Calgary, AB)
- Megatunes (Edmonton, AB)
- Octopus Ink (Edmonton, AB)
- Blueprint Entertainment (Lethbridge, AB)
- Scrape Records (Vancouver, BC)
- Spinners Records (Kamloops, BC)
- The Grooveyard (Penticton, BC)
- Mainly Music (Sidney, BC)
- Sonic Boom (Toronto, ON)
- Soundscapes (Toronto, ON)
- Sonic Temple Compact Disc (Toronto)
- CD Plus (London, ON)
- Speed City (London, ON)
- Grooves (London, ON)
- CD Plus (Thunder Bay, ON)
- Soundcentral (Montreal, QC)

For fans outside these regions, the CD is available online through the Verbal Deception website ( and MySpace profile (

Verbal Deception also released a self-produced six song EP in 2004, which was recorded at the award-winning Sundae Sound Studio in Calgary, AB. The EP is currently sold out.


The Verbal Deception track "Jewels of the Dead" appeared on KnuckleTracks #95, a CD Sampler that comes included with the May issue of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada's premiere metal magazine. BW&BK is available at all HMV and Chapters outlets across Canada.

"Jewels of the Dead" also appeared on the Alberta Metal compilation 'The Greatest Underground Show on Earth'. The album was released February 28th, 2006, on Cyclone Records.


Four tracks of new Verbal Deception material are available on MySpace at

Verbal Deception also have MP3 samples of their music available on their official website -

Several Verbal Deception tracks are available on streaming audio at New Music Canada's website -

Set List

Our typical set list is 7 to 10 songs, ranging from 30 to 50 minutes.

1. Pieces of Eight
2. The Watcher
3. Halls of Illusion
4. The Scarab
5. High Seas
6. Northern Shores
7. Under the Black Flag
8. The Voyage
9. Jewels of the Dead
10. Pirate Attack