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Not A Stormless Sky, But Overall Not Blackened
on May 21, 2012
Veer Union are among the newer bands in the rock music realm. To date, they have only released one major-label album, Against the Grain, and an independent album, Time to Break the Spell. I bought this album, entitled Divide the Blackened Sky, after skimming through it on Spotify, and was liking what I heard. When I actually thoroughly listened to it, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, but still I liked this album nonetheless.
The band's sound isn't original, sure, but at least they execute this familiar sound better than bands like Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, and Daughtry, not saying that those bands are bad in any way. I'd say this band's sound is more along the lines of Adelitas Way and Cavo, which are both good radio-rock sounding bands that aren't too popular. Also, this album has no traces of profanity, which I have seen in Theory of a Deadman and Nickelback, and even something great like Shinedown.
Onto the actual album. Some of the standout tracks are the title track, Buried in the Ground, leadoff single Bitter End, and Silent Gun, even though all of them hark to that basic song structure. There are some flaws with this album. Even with its haunting verses and very well executed (even though unoriginal) chorus, Buried in the Ground ends very abruptly, clocking in at 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and with no final chorus to conclude the song. I wish the song was longer and more effective, but it's still my favorite song nonetheless. Other than being simple, the lyrics are not entirely of new topics. Also, the album is way too short, giving us only 10 tracks, which is not a complete amount of songs. If they added the B-sides from this album on the record (trust me, there are B-sides to this album, just look at their B-Side EP), than I would happily give it more attention.
Despite the many flaws that this album has, this album is still fun and enjoyable at its very best. It's more agressive than their previous works, it has actual emotion, and it focuses on relatable topics, despite them being written about before. Like I have stated, some songs don't always have to be complex. They can be as simple as a one-note song, and can still be filled with depth, which is what this album has. Veer Union is definitely a band to look out for.
Bitter End (5/5)
I Will Remain (4/5)
Buried in the Ground (5/5)
Inside Our Scars (3/5)
Live Another Day (3/5)
Divide the Blackened Sky (5/5)
Silent Gun (5/5)
Last Days of Life (4/5)
ALBUM SCORE: (42/50)
Rating: 4 stars/5 stars