Aquarian Weekly 08.01.2012

August 6, 2012 in Media

North Jersey Notes: Lower The Veil, Killcode, The Bad News and More!

By Tim Louie 08.01.2012

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NEW YORK: Review by Steven Reid from Sea of Tranquility

July 17, 2012 in Media

Review by Steven Reid from Sea of Tranquility 

Lower The Veil: The 100th Monkey

Singer, guitarist Damien Baldwin and bassist, backing vocalist Rob Lampe first connected back in 2008, releasing an album under the band name Friends Of Bill Wilson. After hooking up with local “talent buyer” Renee Ludwig, the New Jersey duo slimmed down from a four-piece to a trio, brought in drummer Casey Ferry and changed their name to much less artsy Lower The Veil. The 100th Monkey is the band’s debut effort, and while I was lucky enough to be seduced by a three track sampler earlier in the year, the efforts displayed on this full length rookie release are decidedly impressive. Landing somewhere between stoner rock, acoustic like grunge and blues fuelled rock, with the odd progressive diversion, the ten tracks that make up The 100th Monkey are assured powerful slabs of grizzly riffs and stunning harmonised vocals, that make for a mighty, yet aurally arresting thump.

 

The album lurches into gear via the rough, ready and royally excellent, “The Giving Tree”, which is an ode to the leafy plant all stoner rock bands get their “inspiration” from. However it is the ability to combine hard hitting, stomps of guitar with galloping snare smacks and crystal clear vocals that mark it out as something a little special. From there the slabs of molten rock come reigning down fast. “Celebrate Murder” adds a Bob Mould like slice of glittering grit to proceedings – a mixture of powerful music and well thought out lyrics never hurt anyone, did it? “Stand” eases off slightly on the power, with Pearl Jam kind of being brought to mind, what with the authoritative beat and impassioned vocals bouncing along on a neat staccato riff. “Burning Whale” operates in a similar style, although “The Way It Is” comes across as a less gargantuan sounding Clutch-alike, while “Tess’ Song” offers up a more refined statement where the vocals really come to the fore, illustrating just how well suited Damien and Rob’s voices are.

Drawing from a variety of influences, while carving out a path of their own, Lower The Veil have really shown it is possible to provide a caress of steel, making The 100th Monkey a classy slice of gritty and rough, yet smooth and shiny rock, that shocks, seduces and soothes as it slams home.
Track Listing
1. The Giving Tree
2. The Sawyer
3. Burning Whale
4. All That’s Real
5. Tess’ Song
6. Celebrate Murder
7. Once Upon a Time
8. Stand
9. The Way It Is
10. The 100th Monkey

Added: July 14th 2012
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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 Read the Original Review on Sea of Tranquility HERE! 

HOLLAND: Review by Strutterzine

July 17, 2012 in Media

 

 

Review by Strutterzine

LOWER THE VEIL ‘THE 1000TH MONKEY’ (RLT ENTERAINMENT/INDEPENDENT/USA IMPORT/TSM SLW PROMOTIONS)
LOWER THE VEIL is a New Jersey based band and ‘The 100th monkey’ is their 2nd CD so far. The included music is sorta Classic Rock orientated, with some Melodic Hardrock type of material as well, but also here and there (“All that’s real”) we can hear the SOUNDGARDEN/ALICE IN CHAINS type of lowtuned 1990s Altmetal. However, a song like the semi-ballad “The sawyer” is a very strong and quite melodic tune, with some well-thought lyrics. The band definitely shows they are a quality 3-piece band, but I do feel that the production could be better. It is clear that this LOWER THE VEIL is a very professional band and if they are able to secure a label deal or get some help from an established producer, who knows how good a future CD might turn out. In the meantime, check them out at: www.lowertheveil.com

(Points: 8.1 out of 10)

 

FRANCE: Review by Steven Akerfeldt from Music Waves Rock & Metal Webzine

July 17, 2012 in Media

 

Review of The 100th Monkey: by Steven Akerfeldt from Music Waves-Rock & Metal Webzine (www.musicwaves.fr) on 05.30.2012    

Lower the Veil is an American rock group formed by it’s three members at the beginning of the 2000s and originally called the Friends of Bill Wilson. After having released “Surface Tension”, a first album that went rather unnoticed by critics, they changed their name to mark a new beginning and returned to the fray this year with “The 100th Monkey” a title inspired by the infamous theory of the 100th monkey…

First of all, don’t be fooled by the cover … It may not be appealing but the music is. Lower the Veil is, as could be imagined from the artwork for the album, earthy. Their music comes from the bowels of the earth and indeed you can easily imagine its members giving a concert in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. They produce pure Heavy Rock greatly influenced by the California Stoner style of Kyuss or Karma To Burn (not as heavy in terms of sound, however). This is a genre that really does not evolve, but they compensate for this lack of originality by a “feeling”, a very respectable production and a very good revival of the tricks of the trade [or possibly a very good revival of the roots of the genre].

With a very distinctive sound (due to the inevitable Les Paul and Thunderbird in this style), they deliver songs built around a series of chords or riffs giving a general jam aspect to the pieces, accompanied by an almost always intensified sound and therefore, quite powerful and intense (‘Stand’). The last track ‘The 100th Monkey’ is slightly superior the others as it has a more subtle approach with guitar parts that are more lyrical, a more pronounced melodic side and a bigger role given to Rob Lampe’s bass (who, when needed, makes his intensified voices) Numerous powerful solos are more regularly offered by the group’s guitarist and singer, Damien Baldwin.

“The 100th Monkey” is certainly not a groundbreaking album but it is ultimately very pleasant. A recommended album for fans of Stoner and Heavy Rock.

 

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