Embellishing themselves in rather cathartic themes, London alternative rock outfit The Veils offer one of their most promising releases thus far, the new album Total Depravity. As the name might suggest, there’s a very dark underbelly to much of the work on the album, all presented in a wonderful display of alternative and indie-rock genres. The album does a wonderful job of balancing tracks featuring a sense of violent urgency with more relaxing ones, whilst still encompassing the themes the band are all trying to present. Much of the album feels like Veils returning to form from their earlier releases, though with a much more ambitious outlook.
Total Depravity sees The Veils truly defining their definitive sound. Whilst earlier albums featured many merits, it feels as though the band have truly pushed themselves forward, utilizing what works well within their group, as well as seeing what could be improved, and taking steps to do so. Using his unique voice, front-man Finn Andrews truly sets the stage, howling and wailing as though possessed by something otherworldly. It’s utterly entrancing and highly hypnotic, backed of course by great instrumentals which perfectly set the tone for the lyrics. Beneath the menacing layers is something that simply pulls the listener in, bringing them into this almost chaotic world The Veils have painted.
At times, Total Depravity feels like one of The Veils strongest albums thus far. Though it features some of their strongest material, it does of course feature the odd track here and there that doesn’t seem to maintain the same standard as the rest of the album. Many tracks contribute wonderfully to the overall themes and concepts that the album are presenting, whilst others simply do so but in a regretfully more lackluster way. Whilst The Veils are certainly refining their sound brilliantly, and really pushing themselves forward in the world of alternative/indie-rock music, it seems that these weaker tracks could benefit from being considered just that bit more, and perhaps refined as well as the album’s strongest tracks.
Though there are some weaker moments on Total Depravity, there is enough at play to easily elevate this album as one of The Veils best. Everything feels much more anchored together than the band’s previous album Time Stays, We Go (which largely now feels like more of a jumping off point for what has been achieved on Total Depravity). Finn Andrew’s highly charismatic presentation of his own themes and concepts makes for a great album experience, with it all being expressed wonderfully on the new album. It seems The Veils are at a point where their raw natural creativity is resulting in some great music being produced, and one hopes they continue to push themselves with each new release.
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The Veil’s fifth studio album ‘Total Depravity’ is out now.