Latest Reviews

There are way too many records released every week - which one should you listen to? Why is the new Bruit the best record of the year? Which post-metal record is the dark-horse of the year? Questions that we want to answer - we review lots of records every week and you can also check out a little teaser before reading the whole thing. And if you want to, you can also browse through our archive and have a look at the amazing records you might have missed out on.

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  • Biollante - J'Espère Que Tu Danseras Quelque Part

    22 May 2022 - Thorsten
    Abstract HipHop, Noise, Ambient, Industrial

    French HipHop. Automatically Europeans might think of funky, soul-based stuff like MC Solaar and or maybe even druid chants like Manau. However, there is also this other side of French HipHop, one that is as modern and forward thinking as other such artists like our beloved Dälek. While he has his roots in stuff like noise and ambient, Biollante from Paris have theirs in hardcore punk and electro-noise.

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  • Elusive God - Trapped In A Future Unknown

    21 May 2022 - Knut
    Heavy Metal, Epic Doom Metal

    In 2020, the Croatian trio Elusive God released their first EP two years after their inception. It was a bold move to try to carve their place in a genre where giants of the 70s and 80s still rule. Doing this, the demands they have to meet are high - massive riffs, high pitched solos, grooving bass, diverse drumming with strong and clear vocals. On their first EP they ticked off all the checkpoints and continue doing so on their first full-length album. This is epic doom-ladden heavy metal in all its mysterious grandeur.

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  • BOG BODY - Cryonic Crevasse Cult

    21 May 2022 - Ajay
    Blackened Death Sludge

    As defined in the dictionary, the adjective ‘filthy’ means ‘very dirty and unpleasant’. This is the perfect adjective to describe the bass sound that is emanating from the music bouncing around my headphones at the time of writing this review. That music belongs to New York City-based duo BOG BODY, from their debut full-length album Cryonic Crevasse Cult. The reason for that filthy bass sound being so prominent is due to the band being a guitar-less duo, with SVR on bass, JP on drums, and the pair sharing vocal duties.

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  • Sounds of New Soma - Musique Bizarre

    20 May 2022 - Thorsten
    Krautrock, Electronica, Psychedelic Noise

    It is always a mesmerizing fact how influential German music was in the 1970s – as if it had been as much of an epicenter for good music as for example England or the States: German Krautrock which then divided itself into a more electronica-oriented side (think of Kraftwerk or the late Klaus Schulze) and a more psychedelic-oriented one (remember Amon Düül II or Can). Sounds of New Soma from Western Germany combine both sides in their latest enchanting and transcending release Musique Bizarre, which is not bizarre at all, but highly entertaining!

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  • Syberia - Statement on Death

    19 May 2022 - Knut
    Post Metal/Post Rock

    The whirlwind of emotions Syberia´s music generates has always been astounding. It is impossible not to be moved by their music as they entice an abundance of feelings, be it longing, anger, desperation, yearning or whatever. You do not leave this music untouched as it is heartbreaking and joyous at the same time.

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  • Be Well - Hello Sun

    19 May 2022 - Sebastian
    Hardcore

    In End Hits Records’ stacked roster of excellent bands and musicians Be Well’s new EP still manages to stand out and while I kinda slept on their 2020 album, I had to check out this short but sweet ep.

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  • Ode and Elegy - Ode and Elegy

    18 May 2022 - Jonas
    Post-Metal / Chamber Folk / Doom Metal

    Ten years ago, members of The Pax Cecilia started a seemingly clandestine project, one we have only seen glimpses of throughout the years, but now it’s finally here. I present to you – Ode and Elegy!

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  • Noorvik - Hamartia

    16 May 2022 - Thorsten
    Post-Rock, Jazz, Post-Metal

    Some bands have a tendency to write overly complex songs, to create concept albums with too large background stories and in the process to forget that the music must be as great as the overarching theme behind the single songs. Noorvik and its new line-up has written an album about Tantalos, a Greek mythological king and his downfall. Sounds like one of these bad examples, right? Well, it’s quite the opposite! Let’s have a look at Hamartia!

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  • Various Artists - Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III

    15 May 2022 - Thorsten
    (semi) acoustic covers

    Townes van Zandt is an American phenom as he was surely a classical country or folk artist and as such is not too famous outside of the USA, but his songs have been made pretty popular by Neurot Recordings which now releases the third volume of their Songs of Townes Van Zandt-cover-album-series. This time with another great line-up: Marissa Nadler, Amenra and Cave In and once again it is amazing how well these songs work with very different artists and very different musical settings.

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  • William Basinski & Janek Schaefer - “ . . . on reflection ”

    14 May 2022 - Skyler
    Ambient

    William Basinski delivers another tranquil album

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  • HeimlichManøver - Fragments 01

    12 May 2022 - Thorsten
    Synthwave, Ambient, Electronic

    The Heimlich maneuver is one of those life-saving techniques that everyone should know and that is not even hard to perform. The Heinrich Maneuver is a song by Interpol that plays with the name of our life-saving technique. The HeimlichManøver is a new music act from Northern Germany who released their first EP, Fragments 01, a few ago and who follow the paths of Synthwave sounds and danceable electronica to the t!

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  • Cremation Lily - Dreams Drenched in Static

    11 May 2022 - Thorsten
    Ambient, Indie, Noise

    A few years ago, Japanese noise legend Merzbow shall have said “If by noise you mean uncomfortable sound, then pop music is noise to me.” If we take this into consideration, then it would be interesting to hear what the maestro thinks about Cremation Lily, because their songs are based on pop melodies (yes!) and yet, they are …drenched in static so that the melodies are really difficult to make out among all the noise. However, isn’t that also what makes their record so interesting?

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  • Damokles - Nights Come Alive

    10 May 2022 - Knut
    Post Hardcore /Hardcore Punk/Hard Alternative Rock/Indie

    The underground punk, hardcore and metal scene in Oslo is vibrant. New bands are formed regularly, existing bands enter live scenes and release new music constantly and because the scene is tight and supportive. Seasoned musicians find together to form new bands. Damokles is one such band. It is an underground supergroup from the Oslo scene with members from established bands as This Sect, Kite, Melkeveien, Endtimers, Dunderbeist, Contrarian, ZAP, Stonegard to name some. They founded the band in the autumn of 2019 and this album is a result of the feverish synergy between the band members, releasing through the new Oslo based label Vinter Records that already is building an interesting roster of successful bands.

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  • UFOMAMMUT - Fenice

    09 May 2022 - Thorsten
    Heavy Psychedelic, Post-Metal, Electronic Metal

    There are names for albums that resonate the record’s inner core. But with Fenice, the new record by Italian psychedelic heavy mashers UFOMAMMUT, it seems that the record’s name is the program for the album itself. The phoenix rising from the ashes, the reborn band, the new life after utter darkness and loss of self. A new drummer completing the line-up giving the other two members the breath of fresh air that is rejuvenating and enticing at the same time. Welcome to Fenice, all you friends of the strongly resonating six-axe!

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  • Undeath - It's Time... To Rise From The Grave

    08 May 2022 - Knut
    Death Metal

    Undeath from Rochester, US released their full length debut in October 2020 when we were on our couches watching paint dry and plants grow a couple of centimeters and maybe also watching zombies stagger and run on our streaming platforms. Their first album was promising and made us wriggle some body parts and long for moshpits. Now, as the world eases the lockdowns, it is time to rise from the couch and throw ourselves into the whirls of the moshpits Undeath´s music will instigate.

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  • Arms and Sleepers - former kingdoms

    07 May 2022 - Jonas
    Trip-Hop / Hip-Hop

    I don’t like dancing – Period. I just don’t vibe that way. However, in the case of Arms and Sleepers, it’s literally impossible not to dance – I love it, and as luck would have it, he’s releasing his new album, ‘former kingdoms’, just in time for the Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, settling any worries you might have had about not finding the perfect soundtrack for those sweltering months!

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  • dälek - Precipice

    06 May 2022 - Thorsten
    Abstract HipHop, Ambient

    Okay, this is a first for us here at Veil of Sound. Our first review of a HipHop record. (Hint: there will be a bit more HipHop content the next few weeks) Not that we do not like raps‘n‘beats but there just has not been a record any of us felt like reviewing. However, now that the one of the initial acts of abstract rap has published a new record we cannot ignore it, but have to give you our two-cents on it. That act is Dälek and their new record is called Precipice!.

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  • Rise to the Sky - Everyday, A Funeral

    06 May 2022 - Knut

    Funeral Doom Metal, when done right, is like an extensive melodic symphonic adagio filled with reflection, sadness and sorrow. At the same time, it brings tranquility and equilibrium to the listener. And that is exactly what Rise to the Sky´s last release does. It slowly pans out like an introspective story about farewells, or one might say, farewell letters.

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  • Terror - Pain Into Power

    05 May 2022 - Sebastian
    Hardcore

    Terror are not known for their monumentally long records and Pain Into Power certainly does not diverge from that path. With ten songs and a runtime of under 20 minutes it should be pretty clear that the band knows how to condense their messages into songs as poignant as possible.

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  • Am Fost La Munte Și Mi-a Plăcut - La Vale

    04 May 2022 - Jonas
    Post-Rock

    Once upon a time, a group of Romanian friends went up into the mountains and liked it there. Unfortunately, they couldn’t stay at the summit for very long, so now they’re descending the Transylvanian Alps, bringing a brand new album with them, called ‘La Vale’

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  • Astodan - Évora

    03 May 2022 - Thorsten
    Post-Metal, Alternative Metal

    Okay, Astodan’s new record Évora is not only a record to easily fall in love with but also an easy record to review. Easy, because it shows Astodan on a level of their own and also makes clear what could have become of one of the greatest nu-metal bands if they had made the right turn a few years after the millennium.

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  • Silverstein - Misery Made Me

    02 May 2022 - Sebastian
    Post-Hardcore

    Silverstein are around for two decades by this point and have released several incredible landmark albums. With Misery Made Me the Canadian band now releases another highly anticipated record.

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  • The Blank Canvas - Dark Mirage

    01 May 2022 - Knut
    Alternative Metal/Industrial Metal/Post Metal/Metalotronic

    Listen to this in one sitting. It feels like a rollercoaster ride while at the same time looking through a kaleidoscope as sparks of colors fly through your brain. It is fast and vibrant like energetic sludge metal or acid hard rock. It is the soundtrack of running away from a burning world with Mad Max´s Fury Road playing in the background. Tsunamis of synths ignite your imagination, urgent, almost breathless, clean vocals, vigorous drumming, fast melodic bass and a guitar sliding in and out of the soundscapes with riffs and solos.

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  • Sum of R - Lahbryce

    29 Apr 2022 - Thorsten
    Drone-Metal, Psychedelica, Doom-Metal

    Sum Of R before was more or less the sum of Reto Mäder‘s ideas, as he was the mastermind behind the project and, for most of its existence, the solo songwriter for Sum of R. Now the band has been transformed into a trio and one cannot deny the astounding impact the two new members have had on the sound, the songwriting and seemingly even on Reto himself. The resulting new record, Lahbryce, is an early but very strong contender for one of the top ranks on this year’s AOTY list!

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  • Celestial Season - Mysterium I

    28 Apr 2022 - Knut
    Doom Metal

    Celestial Season was founded in 1991, released their first album in 1993 and their sophomore album in 1995, they became one of the forerunners of Doom Metal in the 90s. Then they changed their style to Stoner Metal for some years, took a hiatus and came back with a Doom Metal release in 2020 and now releases a captivating new Doom Metal album that will be the first of a trilogy. It is as if the Stoner period of the band never existed, it is as if the core players never left or took a break.

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