CD review WILDERUN ‘Veil of Imagination’

In today’s rapidly changing world, things sometimes don’t get the attention they need to unfold their full potential. A good example of this is Wilderun from Boston. The musicians of Wilderun have their roots in the Berklee College of Music and are therefore already better skilled than many other protagonists in Metal. But this education does not mean that music and songs are accessible to a wider group of fans. Often songs get lost in details which increases the listening delight for music professionals but are not easy to grasp for the majority of people. Wilderun manage the balancing act to combine technically demanding and bombastic music with song structures that are comprehensible for a broad audience.

Wilderun has already three albums on the market while not being known to a larger public. Even their third album ‘Veil of Imagination’ was released as self-release, which is surprising, considering the musical capabilities of the quintet. However, as ‘Veil of Imagination’ was beginning to make friends in the Metal hemisphere, Century Media decided to sign the band and re-release ‘Veil of Imagination’, which helps Wilderun to move from a shadowy existence into the light of Metal. One is tempted to say – finally.

That Wilderun is not doing off-the-shelf music becomes apparent in the 14-minute opener ‘The Unimaginable Zero Summer’. A calm beginning, accompanied by acoustic guitar and chello, slowly gains intensity, before raging riffs destroy the calmness. However, it quickly becomes obvious that melody and heaviness are in harmony on this album. Progressive song structures take the lead and what makes it even more interesting is Evan Anderson Berry’s growls with some chorale vocals providing a good contrast. In general we can state that contrasts attract each other when it comes to the basic musical concept of ‘Veil of Imagination’. From harsh growls and frenzied guitars to calm soundscapes, you can find everything that characterizes well executed Prog Metal on this longplayer.

‘The Unimaginable Zero Summer’ stands exemplary for the rest of the album. ‘O Resolution!’ gives melodies more space while the cinematic instrumental ‘Scentless Core (Budding)’ sets another musical milestone. Next on the tracklist is ‘Far From Where Dreams Unfurl’, a song that reflects the band’s original orientation towards Folk Metal before Wilderun, with ‘Scentless Core (Fading)’ sets another, mostly quiet statement.

If you don’t have ‘Veil of Imagination’ on your prog metal radar yet, you should see a bright shining new dot on your radar display by now. What these five guys from Boston deliver is definitely impressive. Bombastic Prog Metal with high density, varied and excitingly performed, that is what makes this album stand out. For sure a highlight 2020 and certainly interesting for fans of bands like Opeth and Devin Townsend.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. The Unimaginable Zero Summer
  2. O Resolution!
  3. Sleeping Ambassadors of the Sun
  4. Scentless Core (Budding)
  5. Far from Where Dreams Unfurl
  6. Scentless Core (Fading)
  7. The Tyranny of Imagination
  8. When the Fire and the Rose Were On

Label: Century Media

Genre: Prog (Death-) Metal

Release Date EU: July 17th, 2020

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