2012 was an eventful year for The Veil.
The band received some excellent reviews for the "Ghosts Of Memory" album, coverage in Terrorizer and Zero Tolerance magazine, played our first international set as part of the excellent Dublin Doom Days fest, made some new friends along the way, and amassed plenty of material for what will form the second Veil album.
Sadly we also farewelled long standing member Megan Hanlon - we thank Megan for her years of service to the band and her outstanding musicianship, and wish her all the best for the future.
Here’s the first few announcements of what’s planned for 2013…
Following the departure of long standing member Megan Hanlon in 2012, The Veil are currently seeking a permanent bassist. Auditions are underway, with applications still being welcomed.
Many thanks to Brad Gentle, who's been doing an outstanding job as a session member in the interim. Be sure to check out the other projects he's involved in including The Shepherd's Council, Inclemency and Dead River Runs Dry.
Criteria as follows:
Bassist wanted for The Veil.
Pre-production for second album in progress, to be recorded in 2013.
Must have quality equipment, own transport, intention/availability to tour internationally.
Vocal and/or multi-instrumental abilities a plus. Rehearsal in Sydney's inner west.
Some influences/reference points: Swans (Jarboe era), My Dying Bride, The Cure, Enslaved, Neurosis, Joy Division, Fields Of The Nephilim, Type O Negative, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Akercocke, Killing Joke, Slowdive, etc.
...The Veil are up next. The group have travelled all the way from Australia to spread their Gothic Rock gospel to a modest and still somewhat bedraggled crowd. Their sound impresses immediately taking in the likes of The Cure, Fields of the Nephilim, Opeth, Hexvessel and even Arcane Sun to generate a highly enjoyable half hour of winding, constantly shifting and surprising black magic.
The Veil – Ghosts Of Memory
The Veil are much loved on the live circuit, beguiling fans with their unique witches brew of gothic rock, neofolk, progressive metal, and doom. With their self released debut album, Ghosts Of Memory, The Veil have laid down nine excellent songs that sustain interest throughout. Four of the members share vocal duties – some of which are love’em or hate ‘em – while ubiquitous Aussie drummer Dan Nahum (Ironwood, Greed & Rapacity, Bleakwood) provides hypnotic rhythms. Nathan lifted the lid on the Australian black metal scene last issue, and The Veil are living proof that the burgeoning Australian metal scene is not restricted to the murky realms of one man BM outfits.
[Geoff Birchenall 4.5/6]
‘Ghosts Of Memory’
This is not The Veil that released stuff on Clay Records in the ‘80s, no, this is the debut album from Australia’s brooding gothic rock outfit. Taking on board everything from All About Eve through to The Mission and The Cure and into the heavier side of goth with nods towards Paradise lost and My Dying Bride, The Veil’s sound could have been a bit hit and miss but thankfully they have conjured up a spellbinding mix of traditional and contemporary gothic rock songs with suitably soaring vocals and a beautiful ebb and flow throughout the album that effortlessly steers the songs into magical realms.
Ghosts of Memory
Release date: out now
Review by Gary Grim
THE VEIL is a band that has been attracting my interest for a long time now. Not only because they perform catchy and well crafted music but because, to me, they seem like a shining beacon in the local music scene. They have created a sound that takes elements of doom, metal, hard rock and gothic music, melds it all together and the end result is a truly unique sounding, solid and enjoyable collection of songs that translate into a powerful live act. Finally, THE VEIL has taken the sound they have achieved into the studio to record a full length album, Ghosts of Memory.