Wilderun - Veil Of Imagination



8.7 | 372 votes |
Release date: 1 November 2019
Style: Progressive metal, Symphonic metal

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01. The Unimaginable Zero Summer
02. O Resolution!
03. Sleeping Ambassadors Of The Sun
04. Scentless Core (Budding)
05. Far From Where Dreams Unfurl
06. Scentless Core (Fading)
07. The Tyranny Of Imagination
08. When The Fire And The Rose Were One

The Best Symphonic Metal Album & The Biggest Surprise Of 2019
Top 20 albums of 2019: 1

Line-up
Evan Anderson Berry - vocals, guitars, piano
Wayne Ingram - orchestations
Joe Gettler - lead guitar
Jonathan Teachey - drums
Daniel Müller - bass, synths, orchestrations

Additional info
Songs by Evan Anderson Berry, Arrangements by Wilderun.
Orchestrations by Dan Müller & Wayne Ingram.
Gang vocals by Wilderun.

Piano on "When The Fire And The Rose Were One" by Rob Berry.
Additional piano by Emily Thompson.

Spoken word by Doug James.

Poetry excerpts taken from "Ode On The Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood" by William Wordsworth, and "Little Gidding" by T.S. Eliot.

Recorded at More Sound Studios in Syracuse, NY, Feb-Mar 2018.
Drums, Bass and Electric Guitar engineered by Justin Spaulding.
Vocals and Acoustic Guitars engineered by Andrew Greacen.
Produced by Wilderun, Justin Spaulding and Andrew Greacen.
Additional engineering by Jocko Randall.

Mixing by Dan Swanö.
Mastering by Jens Bogren.

Artwork by Adrian Cox.
Album layout and design by Brendon Flynn.
Band photo by Karen Jerzyk.

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
N/A
It is really not often I look at an album that is more than an hour long in runtime and think "Too short". In Veil Of Imagination's case, I wish it went forever and ever.

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published 17.11.2019 | Comments (6)

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25.11.2019 - 01:06
Rating: 10
Thanosminion
Listening to this 4 days straight now and it is simply a brilliant album with a lot of diversity... haunting, atmospheric, riff-driven and memorable with occasional folk elements, synth, and plenty of progressive death and melodic soft passages too. Listening to it reminds me of the first time i heard still life and the first time I heard communion. Two epic albums that changed my interests in music forever. Really happy I got to hear about this band. Easy 9+ album. Current 8.8 is too low in my opinion.
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30.11.2019 - 17:43
Rating: 8
Jack_Torrance
Really good but a bit overhyped.
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08.12.2019 - 11:58
Rating: 7
Kuroboshi
A good album, technically really good, smart song writing, but, not very memorable to me. And I despise the cleans. Not something I will revisit anytime soon I figure.
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13.12.2019 - 00:41
Rating: 9
Nick Carter
Written by SlaytanicBacon on 05.11.2019 at 15:01

The Opeth influences are nothing new for Wilderun, their previous 2 albums also have similar influences.

Without the "Opeth" parts, this could be a 10 for me.
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#MetalIsForEveryone
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23.12.2019 - 19:08
Rating: 9
infernalius
Wow! Loving it! Didn't knew the band tbh ... but it's a really refreshing album. Well, it does remind Opeth here and there, but i wouldn't say it's a opeth copy + paste ... I think they got their own thing, they have a diferent vibe imo.
Im not a great fan of symphonic stuff, but it blends really good on this one.
Also seems very well produced, sounds really good and clean.

Might be my album of the year favourite !
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23.12.2019 - 19:21
Rating: 9
Metren
Donkey Hotte
After quite a few listens, I can now say that I love this album. I was very impressed with it the first time I heard it, but I somewhat dreaded the possiblity that it would end up being another Aquilus/Griseus case for me - incredibly awe-inspiring at first glance, but over-indulgent and almost over-written in hindsight. Not the case. This album doesn't overstay its welcome and the songwriting and production truly are superb. One of the my favorites from this year for sure.
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I am not nor have I ever been a musician or a member of a one-man band, especially a band that has a name that starts with "D".
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23.12.2019 - 23:48
Rating: 7
Redel
Written by Kuroboshi on 08.12.2019 at 11:58

A good album, technically really good, smart song writing, but, not very memorable to me. And I despise the cleans. Not something I will revisit anytime soon I figure.


I was close to thumb this up.
"A good album" -- yes, indeed.
"technically really good" -- yes, it is.
"but not very memorable to be" -- yes, that is the main problem here for me too
"Not something I will revisit anytime soon I figure" -- equals my conclusion

It is just that "smart song writing" I was hoping to find and waiting for until the album's end.
Unfortunately I didnt find it here. I guess, had I found it, the album would certainly have some memorable moments for me.
Some 6.7 for me.
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25.12.2019 - 16:28
Rating: 5
metalbrat
Certainly not my cup of tea. Couldn't stand one spin.
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In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 🤘
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26.12.2019 - 00:06
Rating: 7
Kuroboshi
Written by Redel on 23.12.2019 at 23:48

I was close to thumb this up.
"A good album" -- yes, indeed.
"technically really good" -- yes, it is.
"but not very memorable to be" -- yes, that is the main problem here for me too
"Not something I will revisit anytime soon I figure" -- equals my conclusion
...

Now I'm curious, if our opinions match that well, why didn't you do a thumbs up?
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26.12.2019 - 01:11
Rating: 10
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
First time I heard of this band and the album is so good it's stupid...by far the best one I heard this year. Went on a deep dive into their previous albums and unfortunately they're no where near as good. Massive departure from their folky earlier stuff and definitely a shift for the better.
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IF THE MILK IS SOUR...I AINT THE KINDA PUSSY TO DRINK IT
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26.12.2019 - 01:48
Zap
Phlegmish
Even though I don't like folk metal in general, I must say I prefer their previous albums (mostly the debut.) This album scratches neither the "I want to hear some fun folky tunes" or "I need more Opeth" itches. The previous albums, while not getting a lot of playtime nowadays, at least did the former.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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26.12.2019 - 22:37
Rating: 7
Redel
Written by Kuroboshi on 26.12.2019 at 00:06

Written by Redel on 23.12.2019 at 23:48

I was close to thumb this up.
"A good album" -- yes, indeed.
"technically really good" -- yes, it is.
"but not very memorable to be" -- yes, that is the main problem here for me too
"Not something I will revisit anytime soon I figure" -- equals my conclusion
...

Now I'm curious, if our opinions match that well, why didn't you do a thumbs up?

You left out the crucial paragraph.
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08.01.2020 - 10:11
Rating: 7
tintinb
The vocals in this album is terrific, the music I suppose is too uplifting and melodic for my taste.
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06.02.2020 - 23:11
ickoriss
If you ever wanted to know what would happen if Devin Townsend produced and Opeth album, this is it.

Wilderun deserve all the praise they've received here. Spectacular record.
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07.06.2020 - 23:12
Rating: 9
Necrodamus
Far From Where Dreams Unfurl is just pure elation. It's the best song on the album and a prog masterpiece as far as I am concerned.
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