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.
Drone can be such a boring genre because nothing ever happens it seems - especially if the songs don not know any change of volume for the respective spheres. Fortunately Ekca Liena (aka Daniel Mackenzie) knows about the importance of volume and tension. We present exhibit D - as in “Drowning Flight”.
It‘s the most wonderful time of the yuuuurrrhh … everybody asking everybody about the most important question! Not what you will eat for Christmas or what you will give your loved ones. No, the most important question for every music nerd is: What‘s your Album Of The Year?
Some of the greatest post-rock and post-metal bands are those who are able to combine mid- and uptempo-songs without losing their trademarks. A Place In Between could well be one of these, if they go the long run for their post-rock doesn’t need the typical slow-to-loud-to-explosion structure that have made the genre redundant to boring. Listen to the clever place of the drums in the structure, the really good production and their courage to be really loud and have an ethereal sound at the same time.
As WPRD and we promised, this month you get a double dosis of Posty-goodness. We incorporated the three best releases of October and November and give you loads of honorable mentions. Some have already been mentioned (a lot) here on VoS, others haven’t, so that everyone will be able to find something worthwhile checking out! Enjoy and merry xmas, everyone!
If there is one thing that you cannot say about Eeli Helin is that he ever sits still. With his new project Fargue he takes his Drone and Ambient music into a whole new dimension as he works together with Swiss fellow-multi-instrumentalist Samuel Vaney. Both achieve something that is not often the case: A record that in some ways really seems to resemble a living, breathing organism. Of course, that deserves a video premiere and therefore we proudly premiere the video for “Tes Yeux Ouverts, Le Reflet Du Soleil”!
With this new edition of our monthy series we finish our triptych of looking at Belgian instrumental post-metal master Hemelbestormer and their roots. Their guitar hero Filip gave us a good idea of his thoughts about Alkerdeel’s seminal record Morinde. Filip surely does so in a typically Belgian way aka sarcasm galore.
How representative should a pre-released single be? When comparing the video and song we are premiering at Veil of Sound today with the record from which it is taken, then one must say, both are not really congruent because the song is very chilled and laid back and the record definitely has its raucous moments. However, there is one common element to both and that is its mystique. Watch the video for one of the more interesting collaboration of 2021: Hifiklub, Duke Garwood and Jean-Michel Bossini and their song ”Deep As The Sun”.
Monosphere release their new heavy-hitting ”I Am In Conflict, Pt. I“, which reflects the beginning of their debut album’s brutal ending!
For our monthy series we were able to get a review from Stefan de Graef, also known as the guitar player in progressive-thinking Belgian Metal bands Psychonaut and Hippotraktor, both of which have been publishing various awesome records via Pelagic Records, the label run by The Ocean’s Robin Staps and Paul Seidel. And thus, it comes to no surprise that Stefan chose a record by The Ocean
Another roundup of the Post-world brought to you by WPRD’s mastermind. Due to several problems of different natures this one is delivered to your virtual doorstep two weeks late, for which we are deeply sorry. Nevertheless it is filled with so much posty goodness that we are pretty hopeful that you will like it!
One year after its original release, the trance-inducing Drone-Metal collaboration between thisquietarmy and Away sees both “Phases” of the story being released together. The accompanying video can now be seen on Veil of Sound!
Every once in a while a band comes along and changes the perception of a certain genre without too many people noticing it. Sugar Horse could well be one of those bands! As the first part of that equation is a really good one, we now have to make sure the second part doesn’t happen!
In our monthly series of artists we like reviewing records they love we can give you another really interesting one: Raum Kingdom’s Andrew Colohan wrote a highly interesting review on Acid Bath’s Paegan Terrorism Tactics for us. Interesting because this is a combination which makes so much sense when one thinks about it, and yet, due to the lack of popularity of Acid Bath in 2021 most people like wouldn’t see the connection! So here we are with Andrew’s thoughts on the album by one of Sludge’s most important groundbreakers.
Noise-Rock is a very open form of music because very often the musicians of the first wave of Noise-Rock came from very different backgrounds and when you listen closely to “Output Negative Space” by Enablers you can witness that first-hand. Veil of Sound is proud to present their latest video for said song.
A few months ago we already had a premiere by Eeli Helin, which was a wonderfully droney, horror-like thing, and now we are more than happy to premiere “The Village”, one song off his upcoming album, Vestibule, out in November.
Moment of Collapse kindly asked us to premiere the new live session by Wolfredt on our site and of course we couldn’t say no. This recording session is the birthday present for their latest album Tides.
“Wow, a record so good, it’s hard to believe it’s real!” - “True, a record that shouldn’t be.” - “Shouldn’t be?” - “Yes, the tracks were basically assembled by one artists who took the separate parts of two others and then discovered how well they work together.” - “You are joking, right?” No.
Just like July, August is usually a rather slow month for Post-releases which, of course, does not mean that there are not several releases worth checking out. WPRD has picked up a few records that we should still check out!
Anyone who has ever been to Cracow in Poland knows how vibrant the city is: bustling with young students at the many universities and colleges, buzzing with the cameras of tourists clicking to capture the city’s numerous sights and reverberating from the countless music clubs. If you were lucky, you might have seen the best Post-Rock band from Cracow: Transmission Zero. And lucky as we here at Veil of Sound sometimes are, we got a treat for you: “Those Brief Moments”, the next single of the band’s upcoming record Bridges, can now be heard exclusively right here!
Whenever one asks a randomly selected group of let’s say one hundred post-rock/post-metal aficionados to select their Top 20 most important bands of said genre – my guess would be minimum 30 or more will mention If These Trees Could Talk from Ohio. That in itself is not astonishing, but if you remember the fact that the band has not released any new music in the last five years, it becomes a sign of how influential they were on the development of the genre. However, one of the five guys has a new project out called Brave Arrows and we are proud to present their EP The Plagues ahead of its release on the 10th exclusively here on Veil of Sound – in its entirety!
We were very happy when the first installment of this new series was welcome warmly by you readers and we are even happier to go some full circle with this one. The guitar player of Cranial was the first one in this series - and Cranial’s last record has the same name as the record reviewed by Mircea from Am Fost La Munte Și Mi-a Plăcut, whose last record was released on the same label as the record he reviews: Stories From The Lost - Alternate Endings!
Today we are very happy to premiere the new song by Insect Ark called “Oral Thrush”. You can now watch the video here and learn some more about it.
July was a rather slow month for Post-releases but nevertheless, WPRD has picked up a few records that we should check out!
When the guitarero of one of Germany’s finest in Post-Metal reviews one of the earliest releases by THE Post-Metal band - then it’s time for us to start a new series - “Records From The Heart”! In this monthly column you will find guest reviews by musicians we love writing about records they love. The first in line is Sebastian Kröckel (Cranial) writing about Enemy Of The Sun by none other than Neurosis!