Ακούσαμε το άλμπουμ των Αμερικανών VERITAS με τίτλο “Threads of Fatality”
The U.S. Heavy Metal scene has given us some of the best Metal bands from the 80’s on! Veritas come from the city where the underground great band Banshee come from, and this city is Kansas. Veritas embed what traditional 80’s Heavy Metal is all about and they add to it generous Hard Rock doses, progressive touches, and technical and flawless plays. They have one of the most charismatic vocalists I’ve come across in a long time, Mr. Denny “The Siren” Anthony, and the riffs of Greg Wenk’s guitar are really more than enough to classify Veritas as Queensryche and Fates Warning sons, although you will find influences from Metal Church, Dokken and Crimson Glory, too. In the end influences are just influences and Veritas sound like Veritas!
Getting into the album, except from the song title “Fates Warning”, the connection with the band Fates Warning also exists on another level: Veritas have in the drums Mark Zonder! The legendary drummer has played before with Fates Warning, and also with Warlord and tons more bands, and he is currently active also with Spirits Of Fire and equally tons other bands. His drumming appears on classic Metal albums like “Perfect Symmetry” and “Parallels” (of Fates Warning), and “And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun…” (of Warlord), so make no mistake that Mark Zonder’s work with Veritas is truly astonishing! Geno Alberico, an also legendary figure in the metal underground, punishes the bass in the most appropriate way and teams up really cool with Mark Zonder!
The technical heavy metal that Veritas play in “Threads of Fatality” is portrayed across the album in the many faces the band embraces throughout their songs. Veritas have recorded and produced with an unpolished production, clean and nice with the necessary fuzz, which adds to the value of the songs. Sometimes Veritas sound like an underground 80’s forgotten gem, like a forgotten heavy metal diamond lost in time, and other times they seem to embrace an almost FM Rock/AOR attitude that spices up the album and gives the band the opportunity to get some more airplay.
All in all, the “Threads of Fatality” album is very tight and strong, despite its length of 14 songs, it also has the band’s character on the forefront, and it is a pleasure to listen. The compositions are very interesting, with nice riffs and vocals. On “Threads of Fatality” there’s darkness and there’s emotion and there’s ambition. Stand-out tracks are: the almost ballad “Say Goodbye”, the ripping “Starlight”, “Sludge” and “Masquerade”. Veritas is currently working on their sophomore album, so if you haven’t done it already, just grab the chance to listen to “Threads of Fatality” and order your copy!
SAY GOODBYE – LYRIC VIDEO
FRAIL – VIDEO
LOVE AND BURN – VIDEO
STARLIGHT LYRIC VIDEO