Alt metal new­bies set out a sturdy but sullen stall.

Prog - - Intro - DL

The curse of be­ing ob­sessed with mu­sic is that, as time passes, it be­comes eas­ier and eas­ier to play “spot the in­flu­ence”, par­tic­u­larly when im­mersed in a young band’s naïve, early ef­forts. In truth, it’s fairly ob­vi­ous what Veio are up to within sec­onds of Le­viathan’s open­ing flurry of riffs: th­ese guys are, not un­rea­son­ably, big Tool fans. As the al­bum pro­gresses there are ob­vi­ous shades of Kar­nivool and Tesser­acT, too, not to men­tion a per­sis­tent affin­ity with Kata­to­nia’s or­nate but stri­dent melan­choly that fre­quently makes all the dif­fer­ence to th­ese songs’ ef­fi­cacy. The finest mo­ments come when Veio stray tem­po­rar­ily from the alt metal script, amid the shim­mer­ing grandeur and brood­ing crescen­dos of Ghost and, in par­tic­u­lar, Frac­tures’ dizzy­ing rhyth­mic spi­rals, ex­plo­sive dy­nam­ics and pal­pa­ble sense of yearn­ing. Veio’s fu­ture voy­ages will doubt­less take them across more in­trigu­ing ter­rain, but the over­all vibe here is one of as­sured con­sol­i­da­tion, as tal­ented mu­si­cians get their bear­ings, test the wa­ter and take those first steps to­wards a more co­her­ent and dis­tinc­tive iden­tity. Son­i­cally pris­tine, brim­ming with vi­tal­ity and swollen with promise, In­fi­nite Light… will not change your life but it could well be the start of some­thing spe­cial.

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