While some may think of Italy as the home of epic symphonic power metal, they also have more than small cottage industry producing melodic hard rock, especially in the Eighties sleaze/glam rock tradition. With their debut release, White Trash Attitude, this is where Seventh Veil is coming from, passing through the Scandinavian revival of the same over last 15 years.
Generally, Seventh Veil understand their chosen genre, even if the music seems overly familiar. They're certainly nothing new or novel about their approach.The tunes have a strong hard rock groove that doesn't trump the melody, hooks in lyrics and arrangements, a crisp rumbling rhythm section, and plenty of guitar solos.
Actually, while many songs didn't connect with me, the music here is one Seventh Veil strongest assets. Red Light In Your Eyes, Nasty Skin, and Dirty Distinctive absolutely capture the Sunset Strip vibe of hard rock. Others like Slimy Snake, Toy Boy, Sister Cigarette, not so much, falling flat on these ears. But even these average songs were often saved by the crackling guitars, sometimes the bass line. Ultimately, the wild card for me was Steven Prix's vocals, which have this raspy raw sound where he seems to be straining most times. Most times it wasn't pleasant to listen to. Otherwise, if like the current revival of sleaze hard rock coming from Europe, you check out Seventh Veil for yourself.
Seventh Veil offers another dose of Eighties style melodic sleaze hard rock, which has been having an ongoing revival in Europe.
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