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The Kennedy Veil
Trinity of Falsehood
February 2014
Released: 2014, Unique Leader Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

From the “About” section of The Kennedy Veil’s Facebook page: “No throwbacks, no breakdowns, no wanking, no trends. Modern American Brutal Death Metal!”



What the f@#k else needs to be said? Fine - for those of you who need more cajoling, The Kennedy Veil are a Sacramento based death metal quartet who push hyper technical brutality to extremes on their sophomore opus TRINITY OF FALSEHOOD. Think of Origin, Hour of Penance, or Decrepit Birth and you’re in the right neighborhood; this is not passive music for passive people. This is 32 minutes of non-stop blast beats, speed picking, and enough riffs packed into the 11 tracks that I’d swear that guitarist KC Childers has a third hand. Your head will bang. Your body will flail. Your mind will be blown.



Most of the tunes clock in between 2-3 minutes, which works as both a pro and con. On the upside, the tunes here are very busy and the relentless clip allows the band to exit without overstaying their welcome. On the flipside, there’s not much opportunity to differentiate one tune from the next and it’s easy to get lost in the album if you’re not paying attention. So I guess that means PAY ATTENTION. Tracks like “Enslave.Defile.Erase” and “Necrotic Gospel” alone make TRINITY OF FALSEHOOD purchase worthy, so imagine that there are nine more like ‘em that are just as good.



Some will argue that bands like The Kennedy Veil are all style and no substance. I’ll argue that the level of commitment required for such a performance is substance enough and worthy of a listen. Philosophy aside, The Kennedy Veil delivers exactly what they promise to – brutal death metal without a single breakdown to be found. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all really want?



TRINITY OF FALSEHOOD is excellent, and it’s readily available now through Unique Leader Records.
Track Listing

1. Ad Noctum
2. Eulogy of the Divine
3. Enslave.Defile.Erase
4. Trinity of Falsehood
5. King of Slaves
6. Seventh Circle
7. Necrotic Gospel
8. Beneath the Shroud of Atonement
9. Disciples of Dead Aeons
10. In the Ashes of Humanity
11. Perfidia

Lineup

Shawn Peterson - Bass
Gabe Seeber - Drums
KC Childers - Guitars
Taylor Wientjes - Vocals

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The Kennedy Veil
Trinity of Falsehood
February 2014
Released: 2014, Unique Leader Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

Three years after self-releasing their debut album, The Sentence of Their Conqueror, Sacramento's The Kennedy Veil return with a new frontman, Taylor Wientjes, and a label deal that should help the band boost their profile. And deservedly so. Despite boasting one of death metal's least obviously threatening or grotesque names, The Kennedy Veil are as fearsome a foursome as there is.



Exploding out of the shoot with the furious “Ad Noctum,” the band deliver death metal malevolence with hardcore ferocity and murderous efficiency. These guys don't let a second go to waste – there's little in the way of dramatic intros or slow builds or expository asides here. They kick most of the songs into high gear from note one and blast away over Gabe Seeber's neck-break tempos like there's no tomorrow.



The album's 11 songs fly by in a frantic 33 minutes, with Wientjes' drill-sergeant cadence leading the charge on the likes of “Eulogy of the Divine,” “Disciples of Dead Aeons” or “Necrotic Gospel.” He's much more of a barker than a gurgler or puker, which helps here with clarity and authority given the velocities he's got to contend with.



Guitarist KC Childers, too, provides some surprisingly meaty riffs that work their way through the bluster and give the album some genuine weight, notably on “Beneath The Shroud of Atonement” or the almost vintage Voivod-like “In The Ashes of Humanity.” Bassist Shawn Peterson has the busier fingers here, more closely keeping pace with Seeber, while Childers hammers away to give it all a solid center.



Trinity of Falsehood is an assaultive, often exhausting yet ultimately exhilarating album from a band that certainly looks to make some waves in the year ahead. A face-ripper to be sure.
Track Listing

1. Ad Noctum
2. Eulogy of the Divine
3. Enslave.Defile.Erase
4. Trinity of Falsehood
5. King of Slaves
6. Seventh Circle
7. Necrotic Gospel
8. Beneath the Shroud of Atonement
9. Disciples of Dead Aeons
10. In the Ashes of Humanity
11. Perfidia

Lineup

Taylor Wientjes - vocals
KC Childers - guitar
Shawn Peterson - bass
Gabe Seeber - drums

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by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» Trinity of Falsehood
by Peter Atkinson


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