Ten years ago The Veer Union released its debut album Time To Break The Spell. In the year since that album was released The Veer Union has seen a lot of changes and still survived every one of those changes. Now a decade later the band has weathered those storms and released its fourth full-length studio recording all without support from major music outlets on television and radio. The album, aptly titled Decade is a statement about everything that the band has weathered and its dedication to go another ten years and then some. If this new album is any indication, then the Canadian melodic hard rock band has plenty of years left even if it never gains the mainstream support that it obviously so rightfully deserves. That is evident right off the top in the album’s opener ‘Defying Gravity.’ This hard rocker is a good fit for anyone that is a fan of Sevendust with its melodic hard rock approach. Its lyrical content adds just as much to the song. ‘Watch You Lose,’ the album’s second offering is another example of what makes this latest record from The Veer Union so promising. The same can be said of the anthemic ‘We All Will.’ All three songs are clear examples of the promise that The Veer Union has for the next decade. They are hardly the only songs that could be cited from this album for said argument. The seven compositions not noted here could just as easily be cited. Keeping that in mind, the whole of this record proves in the end to be a record that offers promise for another decade for the Veer Union.
The Veer Union’s latest full-length studio recording is a fittingly titled new record. That is because it offers real promise for the band’s next decade. That is obvious right off the top in the album’s opener ‘Defying Gravity.’ The song’s melodic hard rock sound is a good fit for anyone that is a fan of Sevendust and others of that ilk, much like with the band’s previous works. The song’s musical arrangement expertly compliments its lyrical theme of self-determination. That theme is displayed though the contradiction of the song’s verses to its chorus. Front man Crispin Earl sings in the song’s lead verse, “Heavy is the heart that I am holding/With the weight of all the world with no wings/I’m stuck to the ground/What was once a dream/Is lost inside a scream/I just need the energy/So I can fight the enemy in me. He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “This is not a revelation/This is just a destination/So I will right the wrong/And rise up to the sun/I just need the energy so I can fight the enemy in me.” These lines are pretty straight forward. It is Earl singing about having been to the lowest points. By contrast the chorus presents a figure that despite those lows is determined to ride up figuratively speaking. That is illustrated as Earl sings, “I won’t let go/I won’t let go/I’ve been six feet underground/Fighting to be found/But I won’t let go/I won’t let go/I’ve been locked inside a cage/Left to rot away/But I won’t let go/I won’t let go/I will be/I will be/Defying gravity.” This is a strong, self-assured statement. And just as the subject’s attitude changes so does the tone of the song’s arrangement. Guitarists Ryan Ramsdell and Dan Sittler go from a heavy, chugging vibe to a much more hopeful sound as Earl sings that line of defying gravity. It serves to help illustrate that new sense of hope as the song’s subject sits and reflects on everything that has happened. That attention to detail both musically and lyrically shows why ‘Defying Gravity’ is a firm first impression from the band on its latest album and an equally firm example of why the record gives promise for the band for the next decade. It is just one of the songs that exemplifies this, too. ‘Watch You Lose,’ the album’s second track, is another example of how Decade displays real promise for the band in its next decade.
‘Defying Gravity’ is a firm first impression from The Veer Union in its latest full-length studio recording. It also is a clear example of why this record shows great promise for the band in its next decade. It is just one piece that serves to show this, too. ‘Watch You Lose’ is another good example of what makes this record so promising. Whereas the album’s opener tackles one person’s determination to move forward from the pain of the past, this song takes a different tone. In terms of its lyrical content, it comes across as a song that centers on the familiar topic of relationship issues. That can be implied as Earl sings, “The last of you/Is left in me/In my rearview/A memory/I can’t rebuild/The remedy/I’m so consumed/That I can’t breathe/That I can’t see/And so I’m coming back/To watch you lose.” This comes across as a relatively straight forward message. This is someone that can’t let go of the past or the emotions raised by the past, thus leading said figure to want that closure so badly. Earl goes on to sing, “Cause I’m fighting broke and bruised/And I’m dying from the truth/Untie me from the noose/Untie the noose/I will/I will/Watch you lose.” From here the song’s subject continues on in similar fashion, singing about being so emotionally overwhelmed that he/she wants to see that person “lose.” This is only the interpretation of this one critic. But who hasn’t been in the position presented by Earl and his band mates at one point or another. This is a song that could apply to the band’s female fans just as much as their male fans. Everybody that has ever been in a relationship has been at that point after a parting of ways that they feel those strong emotions, wanting the one the hurt them to pay somehow. They want to see that person lose after making the other person lose. That ability of the song to reach listeners (provided that is the correct interpretation) is just one part of what makes this song another of Decade’s strong points. The song’s musical arrangement adds another layer to the song. The brooding vibe that is established in the song’s early bars echoes the early emotions that a person feels in those early stages post parting. The fire and energy in the music, delivered not just through the guitars and drums, but through Earl’s vocals illustrates that emotion even more. All things considered here, the music and lyrics together show why this song will be another fan favorite from Decade and more proof of why the album in whole shows promise for the next decade for The Veer Union.
The musical and lyrical power exhibited in ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘Watch You Lose’ show clearly why these two songs are among the album’s strongest points. Collectively they show why Decade is a promising start for The Veer Union’s next decade. They are just a couple of examples of what makes this album an important mark for the band. Later in the album’s run the band presents another strong composition in the form of ‘We All Will.’ This is another piece loaded with optimism both in its lyrical and musical content. One could almost argue that thanks to the combination of said content it is somewhat anthemic. That is because its lyrical content alone presents a message that is seemingly centered on unity and strength. The song starts off in its lead verse with Earl singing about people facing the worst situation but having that fire inside to push on through and rise up. What’s important is the use of the word “we.” That simple, two letter word establishes the message of unity. The lines that accompany it throughout establish that message of collective strength. This leads to it becoming a song that is certain to be a fan favorite in the band’s live shows. One can almost see fans pumping their fists in proud defiance of those negative forces and situations as they sing along proudly. And as with the previously noted songs this song’s musical arrangement accents the determination among those masses. The ability of the band’s members to fully capture the emotion of those masses, singing and chanting together, creating so much collective strength and unity is a statement in itself about this song. When set against the song’s lyrical content it is no wonder why this song is yet another of the strongest of Decade’s moments. It is just as little surprise as to why along with the previously noted songs, all three show clearly why this album is a promising start for The Veer Union’s next decade. Of course that is not to ignore any of the album’s other offerings. All things considered Decade may not be the best rock record of the last decade. But it is a record that every fan of the rock realm should hear at least once. That is because it is one of the best new hard rock records of 2016.
Decade is one of the best new hard rock records of 2016. And considering everything that the band has been through to get to this point it can be said of the album that it is a promising start for the band’s next decade. That is evident in the thought put into both the album’s lyrical themes and its musical arrangements. The album’s lead single ‘Defying Gravity’ proves this as does the equally stirring ‘Watch You Lose.’ ‘We All Will,’ with its anthemic vibe is yet another example of what makes this record a strong start for the band’s second decade. That is thanks to its seeming message of collective strength and unity in the face of so much turmoil both internally and externally. Of course any of the album’s other songs could be used to exhibit what makes it another welcome offering from The Veer Union. All things considered Decade proves to be a record that every fan of the rock realm should hear at least once as it is in the bigger picture one of the best new hard rock records of 2016. It is available now in stores. The band is currently touring in support of Decade so audiences can pick up a copy of the record at any of the band’s live shows, too. More information on those shows is available online now along with more information on Decade at:
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