Veritas - Threads Of Fatality - Reviewed By METAL TO INFINITY WEBZINE BELGIUM! Check it out her eat this link: https://cdreviewsv.metaltoinfinity.be/veritas-threads-of-fatality-indepedent/
Review by Stefan: With an ultimate form of appreciation and passion for US Metal, I present to you this four-piece formation from Kansas City, Kansas. Founded in 2012 by guitarist Greg Wenk and with a series of song ideas in his power. He came into contact with a number of like-minded souls who were willing to assist him in getting Veritas started, among them drummer Mark Zonder (ex-Fates Warning, Warlord and several side-projects). Geno Alberico was referred to as bass player, Denny Anthony entered the band as singer. In this line-up a first EP was released in 2019 which, unfortunately, I don’t have in my possession.
Following the success of the EP Veritas didn’t stop there, they went straight back into the recording studio with the ultimate goal, the realization of a first full-fledged album. A few days ago I received “Threads of Fatality” after a long journey from the faraway Kansas City, America. Fans of US Heavy Metal (sometimes with a progressive touch) should be on their guard with a list of no less than 14 new songs ! Delivering an album on their own is always a risk and an experiment that costs a lot of money, but the band doesn’t care about that.
They followed their heart and with the necessary ambition and courage they managed to put down a thunderous performance. “Threads Of Fatality” knows how to convince me and has gripped me for several days now !
This release is a 2020 production but rather gives me the feeling of listening to songs that were created in the early 90s. For an American act, it is a very difficult job to get the appreciation in Europe that you are absolutely entitled to. I remain of the opinion that Metal from the US is undervalued in Europe. Only the more underground Metal press and media express themselves in a positive way about this great gem, from the point of view of the most prestigious sources you should expect little or nothing… totally wrongfully to me !
I must honestly admit that this new album by Veritas has already received good criticism and I’m glad about that. Don’t get me wrong but I think it has more to do with the name Mark Zonder than with the music itself. Mark is a very well-known figure in the Metal movement, rightly so because he is one of the best drummers in the world in my opinion. Always good for an underground band to have a famous musician in the ranks but Veritas has a lot more to offer than that. True fact is that the rest of the band gives a very professional impression, immediately becomes clear when you can experience all the technical skills on the album, a celestial achievement !
There is a dark glow, sometimes sprinkled with a groovy character all over the album. It doesn’t surprise me when the grim reaper shows off on the cover. You feel the adrenaline and passion with which this effort is made, without spinning in circles, the band goes straight and makes all their ambitions come true. The powerful and pure voice with lots of variation gives a certain added value, just like the guitar works are just fantastic, read technical and shredding to the extreme. I would like to applaud the present drums with a lot of praise and appreciation, this is Mark Zonder as we know him in all its glory ! Also not a bad word about the structure of the bass lines, pitch perfect performance.
Veritas is all about the story of an excellent US Metal formation that will surely get a sequel, of course if they will get the necessary and justified attention to hopefully get a record deal. Veritas’ “Threads of Fatality” might be not as impressive as EchoSoul’s “The End Of Darkness” (my absolute number one US Metal album of 2020 !) but will deserve its place in my year list as well. Those dedicated to well structured, underground US Metal in the vein of Spirit Web, Mindwarp Chamber, later Crimson Glory (Wade Black days), very early Fates Warning, Syris (Unseen Forces album) have to look up to Veritas, proceed at: https://www.veritas.rocks / https://www.facebook.com/veritasmusickc / https://www.veritasrocks.bandcamp.com/releases
My rating: 87/100 (Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it)
"Straight forward type of prog metal that is reminiscent of late 80's, early 90's acts such as Fates Warning (No Exit era), Queensryche and very early Dream Theater "- Forgotten Scrolls
Veritas is a hard rock/metal band with a classic sound.
Country and City: United States, Kansas City
Album Title: Threads of Fatality
Label: Veritas Rocks LLC
Release Date: 28th August , 2020
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
Description: The highly anticipated, first full length CD from Veritas is now available worldwide. Following the success of the 2019 Ep, Veritas has been hard at work putting together this collection of 14 classic sounding hard rock/metal songs. It features Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord, Spirits of Fire) on drums, will be sure to appeal to fans of early Queensryche , Dream Theater , and Fates Warning .
Influences for the Album: Queensryche, Fates Warning, Crimson Glory
Track Suggestions: Love and Burn, Starlight, Far Away, Frail
In 2012, Greg Wenk started looking for members and decided on Veritas, which means truth, when looking for ideas. Deciding it needed a logo to make it more recognizable, he found the awen symbol which means creativity. Already having about 20 song ideas, he found original drummer Adam Hartley after a few months of searching and auditions. They began working on songs and auditioning for the remaining members. After many months of auditions, they found Geno Alberico through an ad and realized they had a common vision and welcomed him into the band. The trio continued working on songs and searching for the perfect singer to compliment the music. After many months of searching, Geno mentioned he knew a great vocalist. The only catch was he lived several states away. After sending him a few tracks and hearing what he could do, they decided to move forward with Denny Anthony on vocals. Veritas began working on completing songs by sending tracks back and forth and began recording what would be an EP for the first release. Unfortunately, Adam decided to leave the band for personal reasons, and the search was on for another drummer. Denny suggested using Mark Zonder for the drums since he had worked with him on a previous project. Denny contacted him and he agreed to record the drums.
As the EP neared completion in 2019, they began sending out samples to create interest in the band and get people familiar with the music. The songs were an instant hit and were played on several internet radio stations including Rock Rage Radio (USA) and Mercury radio (Greece). People started wanting more info about the band and where to get the Ep. The problem was it was still in the mixing/mastering phase and the band was struggling to catch up with demand. Forgotten Scroll set up a topic page to keep new fans of the band informed about the progress and availabillty of the EP. Once it was released it received many great reviews comparing it to the sound of early Queensryche, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater.
The band continued writing music and focused on completing their first full length cd. They also needed a better way to release their cd and make it more easily available worldwide. They began shopping the music around to various distribution companies with the ability to get their music in stores around the globe. After talks with several companies, they found a company with a common vision and the connections to make it happen. In March of 2020, Veritas signed a deal with Amplified for worldwide distribution of their first full length cd in physical and digital formats. The cd has 14 tracks and was mixed by Daryl Bolicek at Wild Horse Recording in Minnesota and mastered by Thomas Juth at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Sweden. The cd released on August 28th, 2020 worldwide and has already received great reviews from Germany, Sweden, USA, Poland.
1. Prelude to the Sacrament
3. Love and Burn
4. Far Away
5. Morbid Stale
6. Fate's Warning
7. Say Goodbye
8. Moments of the Day
10. Eyes of the Blind
11. Dying to Live
14. If It's Over
Threads of Fatality
The new album promises the best hard rock sounds along with creative songwriting from the band. Veritas has been hard at work recording/mixing/mastering the full cd. In March of 2020, they signed a deal for worldwide physical/digital distribution through Amplified Distribution and began preparing for the launch of the bands first full length CD. Released on 8/28/2020, there are already many great reviews and media excitement. Get this awesome album now for an amazing experience!
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