The album Through The Veil brought to us by Sound of Scarlet is dissonant yet harmonious There seems to be a crack in the earth between the listener and the artist. Perhaps the fault line is the lyrics dripped in heavy emotion that breaks open all that lies beneath our feet. The first song gives me the sensation of fire coming up through that crack and moving in and out of vibrant, oxygenated orange warmth and mellow, dying small pixelated light. The fire moves in its own way with no rules. It feels primal and heavy enough to wade around in. “Prelude” provides gentle power chords with some electric ethereal guitar vibrations The lyrics, just like the song claims, is an opening up or prelude to the rest of the album. He seems to be taking off the mask, asking for mercy, becoming vulnerable. There seems to be an evident and ultimate entrancement of "Take my hands and put them, my mercy is mercy, my masquerade, unlacing life's prelude."
Moving through the album to “White Wings,” there seems to be this darkness surfacing to be donned still holy. We often times in life do not think of our darkness as safe, holy or even pleasurable to be around. I like this song a lot because it has an almost tribal drum with more dripping instrumentals that are akin to candles being burnt at both ends. There is a ceremonial feeling to the guitar solo. There is a feeling that the guitar is a cry for mercy, not necessarily to its listeners, but to the universe. The echoing power chords resonate quiet gently providing a safe space to show the darkness and put wings on it. "Just give yourself. White wings. You have come here to honor your mother." The piece seems desperate to let these demons be transmuted into something glorious. I like the way this song in particular purges deep misunderstandings about relationships and the world around us. It shows a talented and unique sound that will be sure to blow your socks off. If you like A Perfect Circle or Tool, I think you will like this album.
The next song up on the album is “Oblivion.” "I will drink it down down to the bottom, only to find out that there is no end . . . then im dying once again." There is a clear plot and dance between the underworld and the heavens woven into this piece. The guitar power solos are majestic and aimed at the clouds, the moon and the stars. The drums are directed toward the earth, holding it down almost like prayers in church.
I love the song Love & Hate because it is clean enough to show to Grandpa and dirty enough to feel a bit rebellious listening to it. The album has an edge that isn't quite razor sharp but it is definitely there. The lyricist sounds a bit removed from the band itself as his voice is so forward set in the mix. There are angelic uplifts in the background, and heavy, swampy, bass music keep the heartbeat steadfast. The album finishes with a song called Invisible Man.” "They found a fear, a fear of the unknown. All of the fear is irritation and so is shame." I enjoy this piece because they are getting a clear message across that they do necessarily react to the situation that they are often finding themselves in.
Through the Veil is just that. We are living in a time where everyone speaks of the veil thinning. The veil is the thing piece of cloth that lies between us and the rest of the world. The veil is the cloth of the eyes that tell us that darkness and feeling is bad and that we should isolate ourselves and stay quarantined if we feel anything but happy. This is creating a society dependent of drugs, alcohol and other highly charged pleasurable excuses. This album begs us to step into that darkness and put wings on it. We can lift it up into the higher levels of consciousness bliss and allow it to move through us and out of us. This music is good for purging or taking a personal vision quest or to do some self discovery. I highly recommend it.
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