Veil of Deception

Deception Unveiled Veil of Deception - Deception Unveiled (independent) 2013

1. Phoenix Out Of The Ashes [intro] (:23)
2. New Day Rising (4:45)
3. The Entity (4:03)
4. Broken Faith (4:10)
5. Myth Of Glory (4:07)
6. Earsplitting Silence (5:08)
7. Inner Circle (5:18)
8. The Cross We Bear (4:27)
9. End Of My Time (4:23)

Hailing from Austria, Veil of Deception are an independent, five-piece band that straddle that blurry line between hard rock and heavy metal. I was already familiar with vocalist Daniel Gallar from his work with Nephwrack and The Naked Show. Gallar has a very charismatic vocal style, that reminds me at times of Christopher Scott of Precious Death. Musically, Veil of Deception utilize a lot of groove based, heavy riffs to drive the songs.

After a short instrumental opening, "A New Day Rising" is a mid-paced, dark and doomy number driven by crunchy guitars and Gallar's distinctive voice. Follow-up track "The Entity" picks up the tempo and intensity quite a bit. This speedy rocker is probably the one that grabbed my attention the quickest on the album. "Broken Faith" opens with a dark and dissonant musical introduction before morphing into another up-tempo track with a chugging riff. The cleverly titled "Earsplitting Silence" is a straight-forward heavy metal song with Gallar's high soaring vocals offsetting the darker, down-tuned guitars and bass. "Inner Circle" leads the listener on a bit of a roller coaster ride, starting off as an acoustic ballad and building to another up-tempo rocker. With two guitar players in the band, I was expecting more lead work, and perhaps even some dual leads, a la Thin Lizzy/Iron Maiden. However, there wasn't much of that to be heard. Instead guitarists Gerd Metzl and Dejan Jorgovanovic stick to chugging riffs and straight-forward guitar licks. 

I must confess, on my first listen "The Entity" was the only song that really captured my attention. However, with repeated listens the entire album really started to take hold. Veil of Deception are an oddity in today's fragmented metal market. With bands trying to fit neatly into the many sub-genres of metal, many of which include vocalists that sound like clones of one another, Veil of Deception seem content to just be a heavy rock band with a vocalist who is both unique and charismatic. 

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