SEVENTH VEIL - VOX ANIMAE
(Pure Steel Publishing/Soulfood)
Review by officer Nice
I need to go back to Italy. It has been a very long time I have been there and I am longing for the sun. The weather here in Belgium is just terrible, this ain’t Spring! Now, the reason I want to travel to the boot of Europe isn’t the sun nor is it to defend Europe but it has anything to do with Metal. Last months, it can’t be a coincidence I received several albums from out there and I want to see what has changed. After all Italy has never been a ‘Metal’ country, right?. And I’ll be honest; the extreme beautiful women are another good reason.
After a short classical intro the band takes of and the modern sound is the first thing that hits me. I hear a refreshing sound from a band that is influenced by the old generation. Well, who isn’t as a matter of fact? While icons are dying on a high tempo the new generation is living from their inheritance. Seventh Veil is no exception and is for sure influenced by the Eighties melodic Metal scène, mixed with traditional Hard Rock and more newer bands. Seventh Veil produced their sound with a great blink of the eye to the nineties as well. It makes Seventh Veil a great band to listen to because of qualitative song writing and strong performances.
Filippo “Jack” Zardini plays one after the other hard hitting riff, tunes that are easy on the ear. The melodic base of bass and drums empowers the band in what they are doing and after a while the album really grows on me, as a critical listener. Seventh Veil makes each and every track attractive by making them varied, yet with recognizable refrains and choruses. It gives me a feeling that this band is able to do so much more, with the right support as the most important condition. In the case this band was from Sweden or Norway I would bet my money on it. Mister Zardini, as above, also delivers intense played leads and this is another important trump on this release. Lorenzo “Steven” Bertasi is the band’s singer and he did a very good job too. He has a very enjoyable timbre to listen to, a strong pair of lungs and his melodic kind of vocals fits the band very good. In combination with those awesome guitars it will give the listener more than once an eargasm. I gave this on multiple spins and I enjoyed every trip.
Seventh Veil delivers a good produced and mature Hard Rock album that should be heard by every fan of melodic Metal and traditional Hard Rock. From Def Leppard over Deep Purple to Volbeat and a bit Pearl Jam…. Add oldies like Skid Row, modern WASP or even good old Y & T. In the biography I read that even bands like Stone Sour and Pop Evil were influencing, although they’re not really known by me. It proves anyway how varied Seventh Veil is. Enough said? I suppose so, check these guys at http://www.seventveil.eu
My rating: 90 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish