It is not wise for a man to judge a book by it’s cover (or in this case, an album by its album art). Then again, I don’t claim to be a wise man and looking at the demon spawn suckling on the teats of the masked goat creature, I could not resist checking out ‘Daemonic: The Art of Dantalian’. This is fourth full length from Belarus based death metal unit Veld, out on Lacerated Enemy Records. This is sturdy piece of death metal that carries a lot of influence from the European bands and it’s pretty straight forward in its approach.
Veld have a strong Polish death metal influence in their sound and the blackened sound provides adequate amounts of evil feeling in the music. The sound can be compared to the early days of Behemoth. There is also a smidgen of technicality thrown into the mix and the combination, though not entirely fresh, is adequately entertaining. From beginning to the end, the brutality and heaviness is constant, only broken up by a beautiful instrumental interlude to keep things interesting.
The guitar riffs carry a certain level of technicality, all the while maintaining the constant heaviness that is characteristic of a death metal album. I like the fact that the technical stuff is not too over the top and it can be enjoyed without breaking your head trying to figure out how they pulled it off. Melody is also present in the form of subtle orchestral touches and it is emphasised upon during the guitar solos.
Veld borrow a bit of every facet of death metal and put it together to create an interesting album. The sound carries the blackened touch with technicality, symphonic touches, a wee bit of a melody and enough brutality to sound relentlessly heavy. None of these elements outshines the other. They work in tandem to create an entertaining mix.
The album ends on a high note with ‘Annihilation of Divinity / Trust Upon Ignorance’ which is the longest track on the record. The track features a section with childish female vocals singing along to distorted riffs, ending things on an experimental note. The production is a big high point in the record. The top notch production quality leaves nothing to be desired.
‘Daemonic: The Art of Dantalian’ is slab of death metal that one should explore to experience all things good in the genre.