The Measure of Waste
Neverheard Distro (Reissue)
Formed from the ashes of another Hungarian black metal band Ravenshades, Veer is the continuation of the original visions that Ravenshades had laid down. The Measure of Waste is the culmination of the years of efforts that the band has put into their craft since their original inception in 1997, originally released in 2009 and quickly saw a reissue this year.
The opening We’ve Lost the Light instantly brings in a strong early Mayhem influence with the riffs and the cold atmosphere that is conjured, bringing one back to the early days of black metal with the likes of Freezing Moon, and is sure to please fans of the old school Norwegian black metal. The music on The Measure of Waste is rather depressive and bleak, and this is shown not only through the cold riffs that are unleashed by guitarists M. and Paga, but also in the tortured shrieks of vocalist Jim Jones. Furthermore, songs like Pull the Trigger and …All These Things Will End bring in a somewhat (self) destructive overtone in the themes of Veer‘s music, as though things weren’t dark enough as they are, and songs like these bring about some slight comparisons to the music of Drowning the Light, though they are of a more polished quality over here. The latter especially, with the slow and doomish pace that the song takes at times, sucking all hope out of the listener.
The band does not overdo things over here, with the execution of the tracks all being extremely straightforward and with little display of flamboyance. Often, the focus is on the atmosphere that is conjured on the tracks, and on the emotions of hopelessness and desolation that is invoked in the listener. And this is perhaps the entire point of The Measure of Waste, letting the listener slowly sink into an endless abyss of darkness.