V.O.S. - Veil Of Secrecy - CD -
5 tracks - Triumvirate - 2001
Founding half of Yen Pox, American dark ambient formation whose talent is recognised and respected,
Steven Hall presents here his personal work with a project called Veil Of Secrecy (V.O.S.). This album
is not something new because it is during 2001 that the American label Triumvirate, renowned for being
the label of Law but also for its affection for the darkest aspects of ambient music, decided to release
'Veil Of Secrecy' as a CD. But who cares about being new or not when one holds in his hands a release of
such great quality... 5 very long tracks that plunge the auditor into the most sombre ways of dark
ambient and this from the first seconds of 'AN Angel's Last Breath', a first track that is a declination
of dark ritual sounds... with the recurrent presence of a 'fog horn' that insistently announce the
warning of an end... a track that, due to its length [10:54], takes its time to progressively immisces
itself in the mind of the auditors...
The four following tracks are in the same vein, they all participate to the exploration of the
darkest paths of dark ambient music. 'Ruling Hand Of Snakes', more ritual, offers more tortured, more
deranging arrangements with more industrial sound collages/passages... An impression of secrecy seems to
float over this track....
'Cold Embrace', built on a background of repetitive and hypnotic drones to which strange layers of
sound are grafted, that are not without reminding the most worrying compositions of Reutoff. The albums
closes on a last title, the most awaited/melodic and by consequent accessible to all, 'Coronation Of
Jackals' built on a simple, hypnotic synthetic loop. It gains in intensity as the minutes go by and
announces itself as a classic of the genre.
A largely evocative music that, like great works such as Lustmord's 'Heresy', is situated in the
heart of the most darkest places, sentiments and thoughts...