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Review: Blinded By Faith - Veiled Hideousness
Blinded By Faith
Veiled Hideousness

Label: Independent
Year released: 2000
Duration: 31:08
Tracks: 8
Genre: Melodic Black Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: March 18, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Veiled Hideousness

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Veiled Hideousness is the first demo from Blinded By Faith, a black metal band from the Quebec City area.  This is my first review of a black metal album, so it's kind of hard to make an educated comparison with other bands of the genre.

Veiled Hideousness contains seven tracks, the first and last ones being instrumental, both pretty "relax" actually, although they both create a somewhat dark, melancholic atmosphere, which I think make a very appropriate intro and outro to the album.

The music is a little less "violent" than what I've heard from some other black metal bands, in other words those guys are not trying to break a speed record with their instruments.   The keyboard work is very well done and blends well with the other instruments, in fact I would say that everything blends well together, including the vocals which flawlessly follow the beat of each song.  I have to say I'm impressed by the songwriting, which is very well thought out.

I was going to give the demo a rating of four, then realized I had forgotten to take a look at the lyrics.  Blinded By Faith definitely set themselves apart on the here.  The lyrical content show that those guys have put some serious work into it, hell, some of the lyrics could practically be called a work of poetry. 

Veiled Hideousness sure hasn't turned me into a black metal fan, but I think it was a very good first experiment with the genre.  So you might see a couple of black metal reviews on this site in the future.  In the meantime, if you're into black metal, give this demo a try.

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