Sometimes looking at music not only by checking out certain releases or what an artist says in an interview can lead to varying forms: Our Specials range from lengthy looks at scenes in certain places or at particular collectives releasing music in various shapes and formations. Furthermore we use our Specials page to host premieres for new music: Singles or videos but also sometimes even whole albums.
There is background music and there is background music. Background music in the sense of Easy Listening or in the sense of “it comes out of the background and slowy pushes everything else into it once you have understood that you need to listen.” Today’s record premiere surely belongs into that second category. Enjoy the new collaboration between Strommorts and Eeli Helin.
Anyone who hears the word Italy first thinks about any combination of the following: Gelato & espresso, the sun & the beach, Roma & Venice , Pizza & Pasta - some of the nerdier ones amongst us may also think about the thriving Post-Metal or Doom or Stoner scenes. Not many remember that Italy also has a high quality dark folk scene - think of bands like Nero Kane (review here) and others. Others like DOR whose video we want to premiere for you today
Monosphere want to make the wait for their next album a little lighter on all of us and therefore they agreed to letting VoS handle the premiere for their new single “Friends & Foes” which features Mirza Radonjica from Siamese - this is as much Avantgarde Metalcore as it is Blackened Post-Metal! Fortunately Rodney also spoke to us and talked about the new song, their recent live experiences and their hometown of Mainz. Enjoy!
Anyone who knows VoS a little bit, knows our deep admiration for Consouling Sounds from Belgium. Not only did we do a large special with them in 2021/22 but we also love their attitude when it comes to releasing music. It’s never the same genre, it’s never the same niche, it’s spread across all genres and their releases only share one thing - a certain gloomy darkness. And the new record by TAKH shows exactly that. Enjoy our record premiere!
Growing up in the 80s and getting into good and real music around 1990/1991 brought along a certain knack for melodies disguised under the soundscapes of Alternative Rock - and when there is a band which combines many of the elements of our beloved MTV Alternative Nation moshers, then that makes my little Corgi ears stand up as pointy as Spock’s!
A track that takes your imagination hostage from the first riff onwards is likely to stick around for some time - that is what “Rukojmí Empatie” did to my ears. There is a certain line within the guitar work that just won’t let go. Maybe you also want to catch an earworm with hooks?
Again, something out of the ordinary for VoS will be this Special. Feral House, one of the most interesting publishing houses and VoS will work together on the release of the brand new book by established music nerd and journalist Michael Tau, who has been working on a magnificent compendium of anything related to extreme music in his new book Extreme Music: Silence to Noise and Everything in Between. Today we give you a first-hand look into the book via a good, lengthy excerpt plus an intriguing chance at the bottom of the page!
Yes, this might usually not be the genre we are most commonly known for, but we simply couldn’t resist declaring an affection for Brutal Death Metal. And Crepitation from the UK are a great way of showing that love - therefore we are happy to present you with this premiere today!
Veil of Sound is coming out of our Roadburn hibernation and of course, we must come back swinging and strumming. And how better to do that than with a nice premiere? None better, therefore we give you the premiere for “Vinger” the new single by Danish Psych-Stoner quartet De Forbandede!
Daughters of Saint Crispin are a fairly new name< from Wisconsin and yet, one can hear some old-schooled Post-Metal on their new EP Triumphs/Damage which we are happy to present to you today! Enjoy!
We are sorry for this late premiere but we had some technical problems today! However, we are not sorry for this late premiere because good music there is only one time for good music: Any time! A Giant Echo is a folk-singer/songwriter project from Italy and “Resins (part two)” is a wonderfully warm track to keep you company during these troubled times. Enjoy this track any time you want.
This track by Terzij de Horde is so heavy that the video is shaking. Well, joke aside - “A Robe of Words” is a feisty, rough, blackened monster in red and green that will capture your every nerve even though it follows a well-known formula. Enjoy the video premiere here on Veil of Sound.
I am at a loss for words because I just listened to the new record by Vexing! For two reasons - first it is mindblowingly good, second I do not know how to describe it. You tell me please after listening to the premiere of “Shallow Breath” here on Veil of Sound!
Dude, this track hits hard! This is Doom Metal more in the throbbing veins of Conan than the slow dying Gothic variant. Start the Monkey from Athens present their new video here on Veil of Sound and many people will be very very excited when listening to this promising track!
Wolfredt’s new single starts like a banger out of olden times - as if the alarms at Tallinn’s harbor are going off because an American Navy vessel is approaching the Iron Curtain border-front during the times of the Soviet occupation. That’s how evocative this song is! And that’s once more proof for the storytelling abilities of Post-Rock because many of you will have completely different stories running around in your head like the Red Army seamen who are trying to protect the seafront of one of Europe’s most interesting cities!
A song like “Refraction” is hard to forget, because the mix of Prog Metal solos, Funeral Doom atmosphere and Neo-Classical structures is quite overpowering without meaning to and at the same time also pretty cleverly arranged. So listen to the latest premiere here on Veil of Sound - Mesmur’s new single “Refraction”!
Eclecticism - that is what Veil of Sound is basically all about. We want to give you some of the best releases from as many genres and this one surely belongs into this category. Jazz Noir meets TripHop on Leagus’ new track “Tendril” which features the Nordnorsk Jazzensemble. Lean back, relax and enjoy!
Dungeon Synth - we want more of this stuff. Especially when it is as diverse and cool as things like Wuodan’s Wunde (see here) or now Cicada The Burrower. The new single by the latter project will be released via Blue Bedroom Records at the beginning of April and you have a chance to listen to this really upbeat and shifty number “Crescent Moon” on VoS!
A wonderful side effect of VoS is the ability to tell friends or people of similar interests and tastes about new music. Sometimes we even have specific people in mind when writing. In this case I have a certain Facebook-group in mind. They love Stoner, they love Doom, of course they also love the combination of both which is called Sludge. Thus I give y’all the premiere for “Insomnia”, the new track by Welcome to Holyland!
We have always been talking about something like this here at Veil of Sound - looking back at records that changed the game. However, we do not want to be one of those pages dwelling on nostalgic trips back in time because Record ABCXYZ has just had its 5th, 15th, 25th or 58th release birthday. No, there must be something else, so do not expect this to happen every month but irregularly. To start a “series” like this, we took a re-release as our initial point: Rorcal’s definitive record Heliogabalus (or just HLGBLS) will see its vinyl debut next week by Wolves & Vibrancy records. Which darker way to start? Wonderfully none!
Who remembers the moment when you either first heard Turbonegro or Kvelertak? Do you remember the pumping in your veins? The sweet sweat coming onto your forehead because of all the fist pumping and booty shaking? All of that must not be lost - just listen to our premiere of the new record by Black’n’Rollers Søstre right here on Veil of Sound!
Filmed studio sessions are a difficult thing, because simply filming a band performing a few of their songs can be quite boring if nothing changes between record and studio version. Besra from Turku, western Finland, escape that trap by doing two things which should become staples for such undertakings: First of all, they rearrange one very good song, “Dwell in Gloom” and also adds parts, and second of all, they surround the track with additional intro and outro, setting the tone and atmosphere. That’s the way to do it, folks!
The Italian Post Metal band Cultro will release a new album on March 21st, and we are premiering one song from that album, ”Manifestation”. Once more the band seeks inspiration from more than two thousand years back with a new release called Nerthus. It is inspired by a text by Roman historian Tacitus dating back to 98 AD and documenting an obscure divinity and its manifestation to the world, its sacred festivals, and the final ritual wash of the goddess icon in a secluded lake, in which everyone involved would see his life ended as a seal on the cult’s secrets.
Playfulness vs virtuosity. Fun vs ambition. Pensiveness vs looseness. All of these contrasts could be used to explain the sound of Eastern Australian Math-Core band Basil’s Kite. The guys from Down Under might end up On Top of many lists this year, for their new record Shooting Tsars is breathtaking and hits all the right spots! Therefore we are proud to give you a short interview with guitarist and vocalist Jack!! And even better – we serve this dish with the premiere for their new single ”Castaway”!
You still think the influence of Godflesh and Justin K. Broadrick can be diminished? Then listen to the debut-record of Olso-based duo Terminal. Oh wait, record only comes out tomorrow? Then listen to its premiere here on VeilofSound!