Vein Collector has unleashed his label debut album Prophetic, upon the earth! Prophetic declares all-out war on religion and its dogmatic ideology. At the head of Vein Collector is Dan Guenther, delivering messages. Also appearing on Prophetic is Marcus Kolar of Kommandant who provides his lyrical edge with the vocals on the track Dawn of Fire. Providing guitar solos on Prophetic are Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope/Lupara on the track The Sound of Delay and Dan Clark of The Dark Clan making this the complete package.
Prophetic also contains alternate versions of the songs The Sound of Delay and Fake, The Symphony-Blessed. It also features a remix of the song Structure of Synthetic Feeling by Vein Collector and the song Counterfeit Valiant-Trapped remixed by Stiff Valentine. Prophetic is out now on Beyond Therapy Records.
If you’re an avid fan of industrial as well as metal and hardcore, then this album brings the best of both worlds. Intelligent synths, smashing grooves, and punishing guitars make this album thoroughly enjoyable. The musicianship is top-notch. The guitarists, while choosing to do a superb job in laying down unforgettable anthems, while the bassist and drummer add the best grooves lines of any hardcore band I have ever heard. Lastly the vocalists succeed, in blending aggressive and heavy verses with startling original and epic choruses. A must have album for any true metal enthusiast.
I had reasonably high expectations of this album and I wasn’t disappointed. Prophetic is a masterfully constructed musical and ideological concept. Each track conveys part of the overall anti-religious theme which. There are some great tracks on this album and Dan Guenther and Vein Collector show that they are multi-dimensional by playing in various tempos and speeds. The soulful and grinding lead vocals rise up in the slower tracks and builds some great atmosphere while in the harder songs the growls explode into agony and ecstasy; once again showing the ability of this band to convey emotion and sentiment.
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All through the seventeen tracks on Prophetic, the signature Vein Collector style of relentlessly heavy guitar riffs, pounding drums and bass, together with the vocalist’s powerful growl, mixed with walls of electronic samples and synths, sounds evil as hell!
This is a sound which is violently and brutally powerful. The blowtorch guitars and heavy drumming blend perfectly with the dark, futuristic, almost techno sounding keyboards to give Vein Collector a distinctive and unique sound. It’s great industrial metal, with plenty of heavy stuff to please fans of the old-school, while the synths give it a modern edge.
Instead of just having 4 or 5 outstanding songs, Vein Collector have managed to produce 17 songs that you could listen to individually, while dying to hear the next song, and hoping it will be as good as the previous…and it is! There is no point in doing a track by track rundown as this album goes way beyond being a simple body of work sub-dividable by numerous tracks. This is an album with a central theme divided into chapters. It is best enjoyed wall-to-wall and back-to-back until your ears bleed! If your listening pleasure is reduced to isolated tracks, go listen to the Top20 on FM Radio!
If you’re a sucker for standouts, then mine are: “Dawn Of Fire”, “Psychological”, “The Sound Of Delay”, “Starved Fixation” and “Hate Disciples”.
Altogether, Prophetic is a flawless assault of brutal riffing and pummeling drums, set to expansive electronica arrangements and samples. Throw in Dan Guenther’s anti-conformity and anti-religious thoughts and messages, and you’re presented with a must have album, especially if you like your sounds hard and heavy!
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