In the interest, sometimes genius, of creativity, every or artist or band has the right and freedom to reinvent themselves. David Bowie (RIP) did it so many times. So here's Italy's Seventh Veil which you may remember as a melodic hard rock band of the Sunset Strip sleaze variety. Now, with a few personnel changes they suggest they're offering a different musical direction. Both band and record label are pitching their new approach as modern hard rock.
You know what? Honestly, I don't hear it. While they may not have the familiar punk swagger of sleaze rock, the "new" Seventh Veil sound is simply some combination of melodic hard rock and heavy metal. Of course, most of this speculation begs the question. How do you define "modern" hard rock.
Fundamentally, Seventh Veil hasn't moved far from the ingredients that make their music. Large amounts of riffage, brisk to heavy to raucous. Nice enthusiastic guitar solos. A very light touch of keyboards. A thick and sturdy bottom end. You might call the vocals a tad bit more assertive, but they remain melodic. Yet they've taken all these things and created a new Seventh Veil sound. If new means modern, then that's what you have, modern hard rock and metal. If anything, it's definitely a step forward. Their sleaze rock was rather generic. This music shows more creativity, more potential. Yet, like their previous incarnation, it still doesn't connect with me. Vox Animae, while ambitious and forward thinking for the band, simply never took hold. Give them large and long kudos for groove, melody, and sizzling guitar solos. But for now, my listening is finished. You may hear and feel things differently.
If anything, Seventh Veil's Vox Animae, a new music approach, is definitely a step forward. Their past sleaze rock was rather generic. This music shows more creativity, more potential, even if it still didn't connect with me.
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