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352. Pain – Veil of Ashes

PAIN (1989)

Veil of Ashes

Dammit, but some bands just deserved better. Better marketing, better tours, better radio, better success. The Bay Area’s Veil of Ashes is one such band. They brought a depth to their lyrics, their music and their art. They should have been another 77’s or Adam Again. There were just so many bands for the time who were easily labeled as “the Christian version of this or the Christian version of that.” But this was not true for Veil as it was for many of their contemporaries.

Sure, the listener could here the influences of The Doors, Gene Loves Jezebel and The Cult, but there are touches of The Cure, The Waterboys, World Party, Bob Dylan and Americana. There are even musically some similarities to Adam Again and Dead Artist Syndrome. Simply put, they were not easily defined. Ultimately they were just a rock band with a heart and a mind. An even a soul.

The album starts with a rock version cover of Dylan’s classic, The Times They Are a Changin’. This heavier rendition would point to the style that would claim most of the record’s sound and heart. A friend of mine once described them as “The World’s Smartest Garage Band,” and I would guess lead vocalist Sean Doty would not disagree terribly. The rest of the album were Veil originals with each band member contributing.

The album was produced by the late Gene Eugene and it shows as the band never appears to be “holding back” and there is quite a “live” feel to the whole project. Eugene never feared allowing the darker content nor its accompanying sounds to come to the front and they take forefront here on song like “Corpse” where the topic of suicide is brutally and honestly presented without sanitizing. Similar darker themes would be revealed throughout the project in songs like Suicide and Take My Hand.

But hope is not a foreign topic and is much more prevalent that the cursory listen may reveal. “She” recognizes the work of grace and “The Cross Was His Own” attributes our salvation exclusively to the work of Christ. On the latter you hear a more melodic and pop sounding feel that should have garnered some radio response…but alas to no avail. A definite AYSO.



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  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 26, 2010 at 3:27 am

    ….great minds…….right after reading the Kevin max entry, I wondered to myself if you were going to have Pain in your countdown and figured that you were near the right placement for this album. Sean is a facebook friend of mine. I’ll try to send him the link.

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    November 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Oh…..I missed a bunch. You already mentioned the Wickham connection in your The Way review.

  3. John Rodermond
    March 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I have this one.


    I picked this up because of the 77’s and Mike Roe connection. I recall that I found the music really appealing but that the subject matter was difficult for me to connect with personally.

    I gonna have to dig this one out of storage and give it another spin to refresh my memory.

    Although I’m more than a year late to the discussion – thanks Dave, for the reminder of all this great music.

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