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Friday, July 22, 2011

Review: The Kennedy Veil- The Sentence Of Their Conqueror (2011)

Band: The Kennedy Veil
Release: The Sentence Of Their Conqueror
Genre: Old School Death Metal/Grindcore/Thrash Metal
Members: Cody, Casey, Shawn, Gabe
Label: Unsigned

1. Intro
2. The Sentence Of Their Conqueror
3. Isolated (The Travesty Of The Cleansing)
4. Process Of Cerebral Enslavement
5. Genesis Lamentations
6. Fractured
7. Atrophy Of The Synthesis
8. We Are The Nothing
9. Last Act Of Suffocation

Review: 9.8/10
The Kennedy Veil is a fast rising death/thrash/grind band from Sacramento, CA that are looking to bring back the speed that’s missing from the slow and chunky music scene today. “The Sentence Of Their Conqueror” is a crushingly brutal opener, bringing together lightning fast guitars and drums that are worthy of their own clinic. I love the huge variety of different transitions that are present in this song and really keep it from being boring in any way.

“Isolated (The Travesty Of The Cleansing)” is a slightly slower and heavier track that really showcases the vocals over all. He uses goes through a bunch of different tones, mostly low-mid range that is almost as fast as Phil Bozeman (Whitechapel) vocals (but thankfully aren’t), to really deep vocals that are used every now and then, and lastly the larynx shredding highs. Personally, I don’t see how a person can change so much between vocal styles and come out still talking normally after a show. Blast beats are used heavily in this song, while switching back and forth with the ultra fast drumming like in the last track. They really keep the whole momentum of the track and keep up perfectly with the guitars.

“Genesis Lamentations” is a beautiful old school death metal track that would have fit right in with the other bands of the late 80’s/early 90’s. Deicide and Hour Of Penace is a heavy reference to use here. The drums sound a tad heavier than the other songs, but you really have to listen closely to point it out. Guitars are put in the front for this song and really reflect the old school sound nicely. The transitional solo at the one minute ten second mark is an awesome touch. Back and forth between heavy head bangers and shredding makes this my favorite track off of the entire album.

Overall, this is a fucking awesome band that deserves more recognition. No telling how far they can go if the right label is behind them. Nuclear Blast Records, better sign them now before you miss your chance.

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