Fear of God
Within the Veil


3.5
great

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 13th, 2009 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sinister and heavy featuring the tormented vocals of Dawn Crosby.

Fear of God is an early-nineties thrash band with a very short history. Despite constant line-up changes, label problems and rumors of substance abuse, the band managed to churn out two albums in their seven-year life. Their debut, Within the Veil, is almost unanimously considered the band’s shining moment and not just because their second album turned out to be such a disappointment. It received such praise because of the greatness it hinted at (and occasionally attained) with its blend of thrash, rock and morbid goth overtones. Of course, it also received a lot of attention due to their eccentric vocalist, Dawn Crosby.

When Within the Veil was released in 1991 it was fairly original due to the varying genres that it incorporated. The band built its musical foundation on the thrashy riff-style of Metallica’s Ride the Lightning and the blazing leads that come with it, but took that base in a whole other direction. They took the thrash and injected it with the swagger and occasional groove of 80s rock without any of the fruity, over-indulgences that are commonly associated with the genre. Those elements were replaced with a morbid, nihilistic atmosphere commonly connected to gothic bands. They delivered this haunting atmosphere through clean guitar sections, minor-chord progressions and the vocals of Dawn Crosby. Dawn’s voice was easily the main draw of the band. She never tried to sing, never tried to make things sound pretty and never allowed the listener to feel anything except for unease. Instead she delivered her vocals in a schizophrenic manner that included whispers, shrieks, screams, growls, droning spoken-word and almost any other sound she could force her voice to make.

The band does a pretty good job of taking those various elements and creating a collection of solid songs, but they never seem to really achieve greatness until the final song. “Drift” is the sound of the band taking those elements and fulfilling the promise that they had only hinted at prior. It starts with a slow, pounding drum beat and Dawn’s layered vocals morbidly asking if you ever think about dying. After a few moments, the band introduces a crushing thrash riff against Dawn’s tormented screams. Over the course of the song she screams in pain, growls and seemingly threatens all that will listen. This performance, set against a backdrop of thrash riffs, creates a very sinister atmosphere that is only increased ten-fold when the song climaxes with her screaming like a banshee against another heavy riff.

There are many reasons why the band never reached the greatness that their debut hinted at including the reasons explained in the opening, but the final straw would ultimately be the death of Dawn Crosby. After exercising her demons through music for years, she finally died in 1996 of liver failure brought on by years of alcoholism. In the wake of her death, fans were left with a debut that hinted at greatness (and occasionally delivered it) and a mess of a sophomore album. Today this album is pretty hard to find but it’s out there so if you happen to stumble upon it, do yourself a favor and pick it up.



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Willie
Moderator
May 13th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I never get to review anything old anymore but I didn't have any reviews this week so here is one. I just did it real fast since most people won't know who they are and will ignore it anyway.

For anyone else, at least check out the song "Drift" (and let it play til the end):

http://www.fear-of-god.com/media/drift.mp3


This Message Edited On 05.13.09

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Wizard
May 13th 2009


19644 Comments


I remember hearing a song by these guys a looooooong time ago. I might need to click on that link you have provided to refresh my mind.

Question: Were these guys on a major label? The 'Parental Advisory' sticker would lead me to believe this.

Jizztacular review.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Willie
Moderator
May 13th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, they were on Warner Bros and that is the only version of the cover I could find (that would actually upload).

Wizard
May 13th 2009


19644 Comments


Hahahahah I was gonna complain and say the album cover really sucked. This is hard to find seeing as it's on Warner Brother Records? Out of print?

Willie
Moderator
May 13th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yep, out of print. I stumbled across a used copy a few months back and remembered the band name (and it was only 99 cents), so I got it. Did you listen to the song?

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Wizard
May 13th 2009


19644 Comments


I just finished the song and I liked it quite a bit. Really enjoying the kinda raspy, female vocals and the creepy atmosphere. The simplistic, yet effective guitar riff at the end, accompanied by her screaming scared me a bit. Gonna hunt this down.

Wizard
May 13th 2009


19644 Comments


Hmmmm...28$ American? Out of Print.....Willie says I should buy...hmmmmmm.....This Message Edited On 05.13.09

Willie
Moderator
May 13th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't do it, man. I never said you should buy it for $28. Since it's out of print and forgotten, I assumed if people came across the album it would be cheap... I got it for 99 cents for fucks sake.

This Message Edited On 05.13.09

Wizard
May 13th 2009


19644 Comments


Hahahahahaha I was only kidding, I would never put forth 40$ Canadian for an album (unless it was Opeth/ Neurosis). I'm sure I will find it a year from now, probably in a bargin bin.

Willie
Moderator
May 13th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you want it sooner just let me know.

Wizard
May 13th 2009


19644 Comments


If I really can't find it, I will let you know. Digital is not my thing unless I get desperate ; ).

Willie
Moderator
May 13th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love digital just because I have a 160gig iPod so I can carry all my music.

foreverendeared
May 13th 2009


14678 Comments


I love digital just because I have a 160gig iPod so I can carry all my music.
yeah and that's great and all until you incidentally sync your ipod to a friends iTunes on his new MacBook that has no music on it and it completely erases all of your music, which, unfortunately, you delete off of your computer when you put it on your ipod to save space, so that there is no way of restoring the music :[

i think i'm depressed

Willie
Moderator
May 14th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That would suck. When did you do that?

foreverendeared
May 14th 2009


14678 Comments


last week :[ i miss all of my music and i'm terribly upset about it

Photon
May 14th 2009


1292 Comments


@forever..use mediamonkey ..to sync your ipod ..its more convenient

Willie
Moderator
May 14th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

last week :[ i miss all of my music and i'm terribly upset about it
That sucks. So now you're starting from nothing? Fireabove lost all of his music a week back (I think), but his hard drive crashed.

Wizard
May 14th 2009


19644 Comments


Hence why you need to 'BUY' music in its physical format....sorry to hear foreverendeared.


Hawks
May 14th 2009


35837 Comments


Yeah that sucks bro. Happened to me before too.

BallsToTheWall
May 14th 2009


44805 Comments


I think my ipod is on the verge of collapse. My computer too, but I assume this from viruses from well known sources (obscure blog spotting, pornography, you know the usual).

This particular line sold me.

"morbid, nihilistic atmosphere commonly connected to gothic bands. They delivered this haunting atmosphere through clean guitar sections". I'm on this like a fat kid on a cupcake. Good work.



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