APRIL 19th 2012
THE VEER UNION: DIVIDE THE BLACKENED SKY


Review by - Metal Mom

The Veer Union was formed in 2004 by vocalist Crispin Earl and guitarist Eric Schreaeder. Originally from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, the two long time friends and neighbours had a common bond, they played in bands together and both were living out of their rehearsal studios in downtown east Vancouver.

Crispin, vocalist for the popular local band called Everything After, was gaining national attention as a songwriter with credits on Motley Crues drummer Tommy Lee’s solo CD Tommyland: The Ride. Eric, had recently relocated back to Vancouver after a brief stay in LA playing with 40 Foot Echo (Hollywood Records), was working on projects of his own. The two wrote music together for months and found their styles compatible.

The Veer Union made their mark in 2009 with the hit single “Seasons” off their debut album Against The Grain. It became the theme song for the 2009 Stanley Cup winners, Pittsburgh Penguins. It was also featured in all the major league baseball post season telecasts as well as NFL, NASCAR, ESPN, WWE, NHL and more. The band was dropped by Universal Records due to lackluster sales.

They have played with acts such as Hinder, Breaking Benjamin, Framing Hanley, 30 Seconds to Mars, Flyleaf, Staind, Seether and Theory of a Deadman.

Their highly anticipated sophomore LP Divide the Blackened Sky was released March 26, after signing their recent deal (Rocket Science/Adaptation/SONY/RED).

The majority of the album is self-produced, written and recorded by the band. In addition, production on the first single “Bitter End” was handled by world renowned producer Brian Howes (Nickelback, Hinder, Skillet, Puddle Of Mudd, Rev Theory) and was mixed by Jay Van Poederooyen.

February 22, 2012 saw bassist Marc Roots and guitarist James Fiddler leave the band.

There, a little history on the band in case you are wondering who this is.

Now for the review:

Here are the 10 tracks to be heard:

1. Borderline
2. Bitter End
3. I Will Remain
4. Buried In The Ground
5. Inside Our Scars
6. Live Another Day
7. Divide The Blackened Sky
8. Silent Gun
9. Last Days Of Life
10. Stolen

Okay, first off, if you are a true metal fan, you are not going to enjoy this, so go no further. But like pop/rock, then this is for you, although they call themselves post grunge. I personally don’t hear that, in fact my first listen says its a lot like Nickelback, which has the melodic tones, it does flow well together, its an easy listen album for sure. There are no outstanding guitar solos here, no blasting drums, but its not metal. Its enjoyable enough, I could listen to it, and I am a die hard metal fan. Its great to have some music in your collection that gives variety, and this, is one such album. Vocals are superb, guitars may not be doing the thundering riffs, but they have been done exceedingly well, and the drums in fact are not in my face, but pulling the whole works together nicely. I was surprised to find myself listening to this album more than once. I am pretty sure that The Veer Union will reach great highs with their sound. Congrats guys, an album well done.