Saturday, October 04, 2014

Review: The Kennedy Veil - Trinity of Falsehood

The Kennedy Veil are a four piece band from Sacramento, California who've been doing their thing since 2009. The band currently house drummer Gabe Seeber, who is currently the live drummer for Decrepit Birth and is also affiliated with Alterbeast; not to mention he drummed for Abysmal Dawn in 2011. The group have gained a solid following despite only having one release until recently, 2011's The Sentence of Their Conqueror. Now, after a vocalist change in 2013, the band are back with their sophomore release, Trinity of Falsehood.

Genre: Technical Death Metal
Release Date: January 1st, 2014
  1. Ad Noctum
  2. Eulogy of the Divine
  3. Enslaved.Defile.Erase
  4. Trinity of Falsehood
  5. King of Slaves
  6. Seventh Circle
  7. Necrotic Gospel
  8. Beneath the Shroud of Atonement
  9. Disciples of Dead Aeons
  10. In the Ashes of Humanity
  11. Perfidia
Total Playtime: 32 minutes, 33 seconds




Rating: 6.0/10





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The Kennedy Veil are a four piece band from Sacramento, California who've been doing their thing since 2009. The band currently house drummer Gabe Seeber, who is currently the live drummer for Decrepit Birth and is also affiliated with Alterbeast; not to mention he drummed for Abysmal Dawn in 2011. The group have gained a solid following despite only having one release until recently, 2011's The Sentence of Their Conqueror. Now, after a vocalist change in 2013, the band are back with their sophomore release, Trinity of Falsehood.

The material contained within Trinity of Falsehood is the direct embodiment of why deathcore has such a negative stigma around it. The entire effort is an amalgamation of bland structures and half-hearted 'melodic' chants, without the ensuing breakdowns, all wrapped up in a dormant tempo. The content rarely offers any diversion from a continuation of palm muted riffs and repetitive, replicated architectures; "Eulogy of the Divine" and "Beneath the Shroud of Atonement" being the only two which implement guitar rests, the first track giving some memorable ascending fretwork patterns and the second adding bending one-string bridges.

To put it simply, yet effectively, the guitar is outright boring. The primary make up of the rhythm guitar are palm muted riffs, with some clean strums that show off its clumsy distortion. Its composure maintains the same structures from the beginning of the album to the end, with few exceptions here and there; most of which were outlined in the above paragraph, and maybe throw in "Disciples of Dead Chaos". The lead guitar is nearly non-existent, coming in with brief picking or scales once in a while. The bass guitar suffers the same fate, "Enslave.Defile.Erase" is the only track that gives the listener a clear ear to the element, though there are no interesting features or lines to be heard.


Without much else to go on, the repulsive guitars force the listener to focus on the drumming. Despite the fact that the drummer pulls out the same set of tricks time and time again, overall this ingredient is the most interesting of what's given to work with. There are lots of rolls and cymbal usage, coupled with double bass kick filler and little else; the heaviest and most diverse drumming can be heard within "Seventh Circle". As for the vocals, well imagine the most standard death metal vocals that you can and place them here. Even the 'melodic' chants lack passion and emphasis.

A poor effort even by deathcore standards, Trinity of Falsehood lacks any sense passion or innovation. As for being technical death metal, as the band suggests, the only technicality here are the rests and microscopic leads. The guitars are absolutely deplorable, and audiences will find themselves forced into focusing on the drumming to gain any sort of entertainment out of this album; it seems like the heart of the material truly is Gabe Seeber. The listener will find themselves tuning out about halfway through the track list, and very few arrangements will bring one back into the moment. Save yourself the time and let this one pass you by, there are a number of albums infinitely better that have come out this year.

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