This is the follow up to 2015’s Tearing up the Roots, and offers 48 minutes of metallic anthems and energetic riffs.
Veil of Deception’s sound on Dissident Voices contains a range of influences, and seems to have expanded since I last encountered them in some ways. Across the various songs you can hear elements of thrash, heavy, power, groove, and alternative metal. It sounds like a lot, (and it is), but the band’s songwriting ties it all together nicely.
There’s a nice authentically heavy metal streak that runs throughout this album, augmented by power metal and hard rock influences. This is further bolstered by some heavier sections that take advantage of groove/thrash metal’s beefiness, and it’s then peppered with other metallic influences here and there. It’s a well-rounded approach that delivers an enjoyable collection of songs.
First and foremost, this album is a rocker. It is a heavy/power metal/hard rock album at heart I suppose, one that’s being played by people that also grew up listening to Pantera and Anthrax, as well as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Skid Row. Throw in a more contemporary edge alongside this, and Dissident Voices is an album that should appeal to metalheads all over the place.
A highly recommended listen.