by MythofRock

Veritas come from USA and are the brainchild of guitarist Greg Wenk, who, together with bassist Geno Alberico, singer Denny Antony and the great Mark Zonder as session drummer, try to realize his music vision. The band releases two nice works, its debut EP and its first album, “Threads of Fatality”, which were in a melodic early-prog/heavy metal style, ideal for fans of Queensrÿche, early Fates Warning/Dream Theater. Now it’s time for the band’s sophomore album, “Silent Script” – what do we have here? Of course, Veritas continue where they left off with their first album, however, this time everything is better! The compositions are catchier, the melodies are stronger, the guitars are more complex, the vocal lines and phrases are richer, the production sounds more solid and crystal, the overall aesthetics lean on a more delicate, progressive sound. I could say that “Silent Script” is a typical album of US metal. More specifically, if we put the prog influences aside, we can also detect many elements from bands like Jag Panzer, Warlord, Armored Saint, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr etc. This marriage of classic, traditional hard rock/heavy metal with more technical stuff is destined to entertain you – Greg Wenk gives a recital of riffs and solos, the rhythm section sounds heavy and thick, the vocal work is incredible, fine in technique and deep in emotion. If with “Threads of Fatality” we had to note down the name of this band, with “Silent Script” we have to praise Veritas … the truth is that this quartet is capable of many important things!

♦ 8/10

Dimitris Zacharopoulos


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