September 20, 2020

Veonity is a well established band from Sweden and is a unit very much in the mainstream of Swedish/German power metal. The closest comparisons to their style are the usual big boys in Helloween, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius, Edguy but, to me, the closest band in style and delivery has to be the wonderful and imperious Freedom Call.

The band formed in 2013 when Anders Sköld (vocals and guitar), Samuel Lundström (lead guitar) and Kristoffer Lidre (bass) came together through their love of power metal and the band was complete when drummer Joel Kollberg teamed up in 2014. This then led to their 2015 debut with Sorrows now being the bands fourth full length release and all with the same musical line-up which seems to be a rarity these days. Each album has shown a confident and well balanced band with a style and delivery full of poise, power and melody. A touch of symphonic and progressive metal makes Veonity an instantly hitting and most satisfying band with all the usual bases very well covered. The drumming and bass is frenetic and brimming over with energy with both Sköld and Lundström laying down stunning riffs and lead breaks. Swedish bands always seem to excel in the vocal department and Veonity is no exception with Anders Sköld showing that he is up there with the best of them with great power, range and a crystal clear voice superbly designed for melodic power metal. It is the vocal harmonies very evident here that make the band such a special team and it is this that emphasises the similarities with Freedom Call and the ever impressive Chris Bay.

The songs are hook laden and all succinct being around the 5-minute mark and not a note is wasted, this is a very tight band and one that likes to tell a story too with the songs very much concerned with issues and sorrows seen through the powerful emotions of grief, betrayal and solitude and all portrayed through a stirring and life-affirming musical score, symphonic indeed. Watch out for the track Where Our Memories Used To Grow which is a duet featuring vocals from Dragonland’s singer, Jonas Heidgert, great stuff. If you like your power metal on the symphonic side and suffused with wonderful vocal harmonies then Veonity is the band for you.

Sorrows track list

  1. Broken (1.11)
  2. Graced Or Damned (5:33)
  3. Back In The dark (4:52)
  4. Blinded Eyes Will See (4:49)
  5. Where Our Memories Used To Grow (4:31)
  6. Acceptance (4:10)
  7. Free Again (4:32)
  8. Center Of The Storm (4:35)
  9. War (4:48)
  10. Fear Of Being Alive (5:47)