Album Review: Veer – Apocalyptic, Baby

Genre: Classic Hard Rock

The current underground Rock scene, both locally and globally, is possibly the most varied it has ever been. With a tidal wave of talent and new sub-genres endlessly emerging from the woodwork, Rock is certainly enjoying a healthy run of form at present. But, through the midst of constant evolution, sometimes a spell of classic, stripped-back energy is all you need. Veer comfortably align with this concept thanks to their nostalgic, approachable Classic Rock style that includes a crucial modernised touch. With this debut album, the Maryland based outfit look to prove their worth as a versatile and promising band.  

Opening the record with spacious and welcoming vibes is ‘Power Drive’. An upbeat tempo is created by the composed guitar play and great vocal range. Topped off by a catchy chorus, ‘Power Drive’ proves to be a suitable introduction. For an independent release, ‘Apocalyptic, Baby’ is excellently produced. The sound and mixing quality of each song is generally good and although ‘White’ has a few sporadic blips, it is no exception. Continuing the fluent tone of the record, ‘White’ emphasises the unity of the band through a series of well-executed key changes. Prioritising energetic conventions more predominantly here adds a sense of range and depth to the record.

In 2017, Veer confidently confirmed their arrival to the Rock community with a brilliant debut single, ‘Come Clean’. Seeing this single emerge once again to strengthen the ranks of the album is truly refreshing. A focus on the inspiring Rock atmosphere makes ‘Come Clean’ a crucial standard setting track for the remainder of ‘Apocalyptic, Baby’. Including traditional Classic Rock vibes and combining them with the modern outlook the band possesses is a strong, beneficial strategy. Shades of old school Black Stone Cherry arise from the guitar narrative in ‘Douse’. However, the distinct vocal delivery aids ‘Douse’ in following its own authentic Rock path.

A comparably downbeat mood in ‘Breathe’ is encouraged by the tamed pace and ballad tinged lyrics. Adding a new channel of influence to the record in this way further establishes Veer as a band who can achieve multiple Rock styles with ease. The adrenaline calming persona of ‘Breathe’ branches into ‘On Top’, despite the gathering storm in the distance. Teetering on the edge of an elaborate build-up, the anticipated pay off is finally cashed in on  by ‘Lost and Found’. The landscape of the album continues to spread as this song pushes Veer towards the boundaries of Hard Rock.

Consistent changes between sub-genre concentration every few songs keeps the album interesting and prevents stagnation. ‘Make You’, ‘Brave’ and ‘Brother’ support this idea as they conjoin to uphold the Hard Rock affiliation that has successfully served Veer up to this stage. Lyrically, ‘Brother’ doesn’t match the standard of prior songs but, it does set up perfectly for the closing tunes, ‘Reasons’ and ‘Hesitant’. Summarising the overall theme of ‘Apocalyptic, Baby’, ‘Reasons’ keeps you hooked with its enjoyable and true Rock spirit. All-in-all, this is an engaging album that rewards you with a magnitude of fantastic Classic Rock tunes. ‘Apocalyptic, Baby’ is simply an easily accessible, widely appealing and charismatic album you could listen to on repeat.

Review Rating: 8  

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