Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 07/17/2015
Band info: Facebook
On their second full length The Golden Veil, Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Make are back with their first new release in four years. The band have crafted a damn near perfect record, one that infuses unrestrained doom laden chords with epic post-metal riffage.
Rain. Thunder. White noise. Acoustic guitar. Feedback. The instrumental opener “I Was Sitting Quietly, Peeling Back My Skin” gets things going in dramatic yet calm fashion.
You can feel a sense of urgency begin to swell as the guitar chord gets yanked from the amplifier and the drums kick in on “Breathe,” a song with a repetitive, mounting intro that had me bouncing my legs and desk drumming while I waited for the vocals to commence. They do eventually… some three minutes and ten seconds later.
This type of long, drawn out intro is one of the elements that I absolutely love about a Make song. While the tranquilizing “Immortal” doesn’t have an extra long introduction, it does have hypnotic guitar driven rhythms and clean vocals, which work very well.
“We Are Coiled” marks the mid-point of The Golden Veil. It is an instrumental segue, a passage if you will to the albums apex, which are the next two songs, “The Absurdist” and “The Architect.” “The Absurdist” is a beautiful song, which once again utilizes clean vocals and features epic, mounting passages that culminate into a quick, abrupt end. At eleven minutes and thirteen seconds, “The Architect” is the longest song on The Golden Veil. The vocals start around the 6:30 mark, and feature a nice exchange between Scott and Spencer.
The instrumental “In the Final Moments, Uncoiling” close things out. Over a repetitive beat, Make march through eight minutes and thirty-four seconds of blackened sludge before the song fades out.
I feel like I am standing on the edge of a cliff, teetering back and forth, being pulled from and then pushed towards the edge. I never once wanted to go over, but the intensity of being that close is the same feeling I get while listening to this amazing record.
Sit back, close your eyes and get caught up in the immense sound that is The Golden Veil.