Folks, just a heads up: my thoughts on the new Wilderun album, Veil of Imagination, are gonna get a bit wordy. This is an album that, I’d venture, is basically guaranteed to send a multitude of different thoughts, sensations and emotional responses racing through your head. Put simply, to listen to this album is to feel things. So, while this may ostensibly be a “review” of the album, it’s really my attempt to describe that experience – and as such, will require a bit of rambling.
If that sounds like it’ll be too much of a chore for you, then here’s the gist: Veil of Imagination is an immense piece of work. It’s not an “easy” listen, but it’s an ever-increasingly rewarding one. But more than anything, it’s a reminder of the expansive, cathartic punch music can pack when lightning strikes and a particularly inspired band reaches the peak of its powers.
In life, there are some universal truths. Leaves eventually fall. Milk eventually sours. Notre Dame football eventually shits the bed and reminds they are and always will be frauds. And I, dear blog readers, eventually find a way to miss a weekly post or two. After almost five consecutive months of weekly Cursed Imagery posts, you’re now reading our first in three weeks. So, uh… sorry about that, I guess.
To make up for it, we return with six new release highlights for you to sink your teeth into, with album art quality ranging from “ridiculous” to “meh.” You may enjoy them. You may not. But either way, let’s jump in!
If you think about it, Ghost has covered a buttload of ground for a metal-adjacent band — hell, for any kind of band — in a dozen or so years of existence. They’ve closed out Maryland Deathfest, signed to a major label and won a Grammy award. They’ve weathered a very public legal saga between frontman Tobias Forge (“Papa Emeritus”) and numerous former “Nameless Ghouls.” And now, they’re headlining arenas across the country. Not bad for a largely anonymous group of Satan worshippers!
With four albums under their belt — and, more to the point, with your author heading to the Giant Center in Hershey, PA, to catch them this Thursday — it’s high time we put their discography under the microscope for a Nine Circles ov treatment. So grab a communion wafer and let’s jump in!
Hey all! Coming in juuuuust under the wire — and by that, I mean, “Hi! It’s ten ’til 6 AM and I’m just starting to write this post!” — is this week’s edition of Cursed Imagery. But don’t think we’ll be skimping on you. Oh, no. We’ve got seven highlights from this week’s new release crop to bring your way: some good, some bad, all memorable. So let’s jump in and take a look!
Mornin’, all. Another Friday, another edition of Cursed Imagery to fill your eye holes. We’ve got some good ‘uns, some not-quite-so-good ‘uns and everything in between. And it’s also pay day for me, so chances are I’ll be buying some music not featured on this list! But, that’s beside the point. Let’s jump into the point now. Here are this week’s album art highlights!