November 16, 2020

Veritas is a classic, old school heavy rock band formed by guitarist Greg Wenk in Kansas City in 2012 and it doesn’t appear that much happened to them until 2017 when they pulled off something of a coup by somehow getting the former Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder to record four tracks with them and these became the Veritas EP released in 2018. Reception was good with comparisons being made with the big three in Fates Warning, Queensrÿche and Dream Theater in their earlier days. This seems to have kick started the band and we now finally have the full debut and the good news is that the services of Mark Zonder have been retained. He joins up again with Wenk, bassist Geno Alberico and vocalist Denny Anthony for this thoroughly enjoyable hard rock/progressive metal delight that sounds very similar to what Fates Warning were doing on The Spectre Within and Night On Bröcken albums.

This is very much American flavoured rock and born in the ’80s/’90s hard rock scene and is delivered with passion and verve. Denny Anthony is a class act with the expected and required power and range and he has an abundance of vitality and charisma. Mark Zonder is an amazing powerhouse on drums and drives the band onwards and upwards and he has developed a special rapport with Geno Alberico whilst Greg Wenk is a colossus as he throws out tremendous riffs and machine gun type lead breaks. The songs are all 4 to 5-minutes long and normally follow the verse, chorus, lead break, verse , chorus route with the material being sharp and snappy with well formed songs that do what they need to do. I suppose that the next step will be to start extending the material into the huge and glorious epics that Dream Theater and Fates Warning trade in but, in the meantime, we can only sit back and enjoy this great album of hard rock with progressive metal tendencies.

Thread Of Fatality has been a long time coming but the band does not disappoint with an excellent rock album that is a perfect statement of intent from them. Hopefully, the band will be able to keep Zonder and Wenk will use the momentum from this album to quickly follow it up and put the band’s name out there. Veritas is a band that is more than capable of taking their thrilling metal to the top and you are highly recommended to give this fine album a listen.

Threads Of Fatality track list

  1. Prelude To The Sacrament (2:24)
  2. Frail (2:46)
  3. Love And Burn (3:50)
  4. Far Away (4:15)
  5. Morbid Stale (3:31)
  6. Fates Warning (3:21)
  7. Say Goodbye (3:12)
  8. Moments Of The Day (3:41)
  9. Starlight (3:03)
  10. Eyes Of The Blind (3:08)
  11. Dying To Live (3:05)
  12. Sludge (3:23)
  13. Masquerade (4:41)
  14. If It’s Over (3:20)