“Shrouded in Veils play post-rock that could best be described as “efficient.” They kick out four examples of it for their Parhelion EP, and they couldn’t provide a more economical example.
The longest, at 6:28, is actually the opener and title track, and shows how immediate the band can be. They get into a groove quickly, and the bolder strokes of sound follow soon enough. There are flickering moments early on where it sounds vaguely like the guitar tone Cave In cultivated forJupiter, but then some greater post-metal muscle builds about halfway through, and then it all lets off a bit for some equally interesting, swirling rhythms. As the final crescendo settles in, overall comparisons to acts like Russian Circles, Caspian or Irepress (their instrumental moments, anyway) seem sensible.
Another highlight is the pensive sparkle that slowly ushers in “Iron Horse”, something I’d love to hear the band do more with.”
“It’s OK for me to call Shrouded in Veils a progressive rock band, right? I can never quite place my finger on the line between math rock and its proggy predecessor. I somehow think Shrouded in Veils won’t get in a huff about the semantics of sub-genres and the sometimes unfair connotations that go along with them. Shrouded in Veils possesses a breathless instrumental prowess and a sincere desire to take you on a mind-bending-or-otherwise journey and spit you back out on the other side, slightly frazzled and dizzy from exposure the chopping guitars and guttural bass lines. It’s bracing stuff that occasionally threatens to veer into chaos, but always corrects itself before gliding safely into the home stretch.
- Adam McKinney /The Weekly Volcano
“Shrouded in Veils occupy a similar territory to groups like Mogwai or Maserati, but they have an informed approach that suggests they’ve merely tread a similar path as their crescendo-loving, distortion-and-delay peers, arriving at a similar musical conclusion without necessarily monitoring the progress or borrowing the ideas of their more prominent contemporaries along the way. There’s a definite assertiveness and instrumental interplay that recalls Turing Machine, a grit and gnash that conjures the scuzz-math rock of Louisville’s Rodan, and a driving pulse and cool precision reminiscent of Trans Am’s “Afternight,” but in the end, Shrouded in Veils still wind up sounding like their own unique concoction.
““ Parhelion, Shrouded in Veils (out now, self-released, shroudedinveils.com): This instrumental Seattle three-piece employs a brand of math rock similar to that of Maserati andGodspeed You! Black Emperor on its ParhelionEP, piecing together gorgeous crescendos of harmonic trills with darker, ominous bass and rapid fingerwork. JW (Fri., Nov. 11, El Corazon)”
~ Seattle Weekly