Not to be confused with a German band calling itself “The True Veiled,” this Veiled is Pennsylvania grown and initially began as a two-man project featuring a drummer and a young Norse scholar who handled everything else on their nearly year-old debut, Black Celestial Orbs. Having caught them live last year opening for Uada with a fully fleshed out band, I can attest to the band’s quality onstage as well as that on record, and what is on that record is nearly 40 minutes of atmospheric, trancelike, cosmic phantasmagoria that summons Enslaved or Oranssi Pazuzu at their finest. A singular achievement, Black Celestial Orbs is a triumphant statement of purpose.
Black Celestial Orbs can best be described as an aural novel made up of individual chapters. In fact, if not for the breaks between tracks, the entire album could be considered one epic song, an odyssey into the bleakness of space and the existential horrors that lie in its infinite, star-riddled cold. From the beginning meteor shower strains of “Luminous” to the closing death march of the two-part title composition, Black Celestial Orbs is a protest leveled at the Old Gods who have forsaken us and the new ones who have betrayed us.
Ultimately, Black Celestial Orbs is a testament to the power and purity of nothingness, a place of being where the outcasts, find solace, the wounded heal, and the damagers and corruptors fear to step.