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Total Depravity – The Veils

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.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆  4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Axolotl
  • A Bit on the Side
  • Iodine & Iron
  • Total Depravity

The Veil’s fifth studio album ‘Total Depravity’ is out now.

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Time Stays, We Go – The Veils

The fourth studio-album by The Veils offers ten new songs that explode onto the scene in full force. ‘Time Stays, We Go’ follows on from the band’s third album release ‘Sun Gangs’, released back in 2009, which seemed to offer a new slant to the band. Since the band’s introduction with their first album ‘The Runaway Found’, it has gone under various line-up changes, with band members leaving and being replaced somewhat frequently. The sole-continuing member of The Veils since the bands’ conception, Finn Andrews, seems to be the driving force of the band, pushing the creative ideas through his peculiar presence in the music. The whole appeal of The Veils seems to be Finn Andrews’ somewhat unique style, with his sometimes visceral vocals commanding the songs.

‘Time Stays, We Go’ is a very welcome record by The Veils. It seems that the coming and going of band members hasn’t drastically affected the sound of The Veils’ music, with the tracks on the album sounding pretty much as good as anything else The Veils’ have produced thus far. It seems that nothing that makes up the appeal of The Veils’ music has been lost on this album. Everything goes from strength to strength, with the music sounding brilliant as an album. Each song compliments the next, and sound like a complete album. There’s a range of dynamics in the songs, with some being somewhat aggressive and manic, whilst others are more gentle. There seems to be an underlying ominous feeling running through the album, which could be attributed to Finn Andrews’ unique vocals. There’s a very visceral quality to how the voice sounds, and yet there’s a beauty in what is sung at times. On ‘Time Stays, We Go’, it seems his vocals are stronger than ever, with it even sounding like like Bowie or Nick Cave at times. Musically as well, the songs are incredibly interesting, with the instrumentals of the tracks working well with the vocals to help build up the songs. It all works incredibly well, and helps to make ‘Time Stays, We Go’ one of The Veils’ best albums so far.

I find that there’s an incredible amount of strengths on the album. It seems that everything that makes The Veils’ work is present on this album. I’d perhaps mention though, that it is a tiny bit disappointing to not hear any tracks on the album that are heavily aggressive. Some tracks on previous Veils albums have been incredibly angry and aggressive, which is a style that works for The Veils’ very well at times. There’s some visceral moments on the album, but nothing that reaches the heights of some of their previous work. It’s not enough to dip the album’s quality down at all, as in fact, it’s absence doesn’t really affect the album at all. It’s just something that I’ve enjoyed hearing on previous albums, and perhaps it would have been nice to have heard some more again. However, for all the strengths that ‘Time Stays, We Go’ presents, it’s not so disappointing as to ruin the album.

Overall, ‘Time Stays, We Go’ is incredibly pleasing. Within the alternative-rock or even indie-rock genre, that is incredibly overdone and rather bland these days, it’s great to hear a band that has their own sound that is presented in their music. Finn Andrews’ unique and beautifully visceral vocals just command the songs with amazing power. There’s an incredible amount of talent in this band, and ‘Time Stays, We Go’ has definitely managed to reinforce the bands as one of my favourite within the genre. I can’t wait to see what directions this band will take themselves in, and what music they’ll be able to produce in the future.  ‘Time Stays, We Go’ is an incredibly strong album, and can easily be called one of the best albums The Veils’ have produced so far, if not at least on par with their previous work.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆  4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Candy Apple Red
  • Dancing With The Tornado
  • Another Night On Earth
  • Out From The Valley & Into The Stars
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