Veil of Deception - Deception Unveiled (independent) 2013
1. Phoenix Out Of The Ashes [intro] (:23)
Hailing from Austria, Veil of Deception are an independent, five-piece band that straddle that blurry line between hard rock and heavy metal. I was already familiar with vocalist Daniel Gallar from his work with Nephwrack and The Naked Show. Gallar has a very charismatic vocal style, that reminds me at times of Christopher Scott of Precious Death. Musically, Veil of Deception utilize a lot of groove based, heavy riffs to drive the songs.
After a short instrumental opening, "A New Day Rising" is a mid-paced, dark and doomy number driven by crunchy guitars and Gallar's distinctive voice. Follow-up track "The Entity" picks up the tempo and intensity quite a bit. This speedy rocker is probably the one that grabbed my attention the quickest on the album. "Broken Faith" opens with a dark and dissonant musical introduction before morphing into another up-tempo track with a chugging riff. The cleverly titled "Earsplitting Silence" is a straight-forward heavy metal song with Gallar's high soaring vocals offsetting the darker, down-tuned guitars and bass. "Inner Circle" leads the listener on a bit of a roller coaster ride, starting off as an acoustic ballad and building to another up-tempo rocker. With two guitar players in the band, I was expecting more lead work, and perhaps even some dual leads, a la Thin Lizzy/Iron Maiden. However, there wasn't much of that to be heard. Instead guitarists Gerd Metzl and Dejan Jorgovanovic stick to chugging riffs and straight-forward guitar licks.
I must confess, on my first listen "The Entity" was the only song that really captured my attention. However, with repeated listens the entire album really started to take hold. Veil of Deception are an oddity in today's fragmented metal market. With bands trying to fit neatly into the many sub-genres of metal, many of which include vocalists that sound like clones of one another, Veil of Deception seem content to just be a heavy rock band with a vocalist who is both unique and charismatic.
Veil of Deception - Tearing Up the Roots (independent) 2015
Veil of Deception - Dissident Voices (NoLifeTilMetal) 2019
1. Tragedy Brings Clarity [instrumental] (1:47)
Austria's Veil of Deception return with their third full-length album of what can only be described as Heavy Metal. In a modern world where there are more sub-genres under the heavy metal banner than there are grains of sand on a beach, there is an ever growing movement back to traditional heavy metal and hard rock. In fact, in the last ten years there have been hordes of bands releasing albums under the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal banner. While Veil of Deception definitely fit under that umbrella, neither do they allow themselves to be confined and boxed in by it.
Many newer heavy metal bands proudly wear their influences on their sleeves, some even directly copying the style of their chosen classic metal band. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that it tends to make some albums sound rather samey. Veil of Deception refuse to paint with such a narrow brush. While the basis of Dissident Voices is traditional heavy metal, they blend in elements of groove, thrash and speed metal. Vocalist Daniel Gallar's charismatic, high-energy voice gives this band an edge over many other NWOTHM bands. It only takes a listen or two before any metal-head will begin singing along to songs like "Wrong End of the Stick" or the album's first single "Crooked Lines". Gallar's voice is juxtaposed with heavy guitar riffs, sweeping melodic passages, soaring guitar solos from guitarist Dejan Jorgovanovic and a dynamic rhythm section of Chris Schober (drums) and Tomas Hava (bass).
Overall Dissident Voices is a heavy album. While nothing on this album can rightly be described as a ballad, there are some mellower moments that serve to give the album ebb and flow. Indeed, Veil of Deception aren't afraid to break out the acoustic guitar, or even a piano to help build the musical story-lines. It is this willingness to paint with different brushes while retaining an unapologetic allegiance to metal brings a dynamic intelligence to their sound. Simply put, Dissident Voices is one of the finest albums to come out of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal movement.
Check Veil of Deception out at: www.veilofdeception.com