Recently I have been on a frenzy of exploring remixes and covers of various songs. I keep being fascinated by the creativity and original touches different artists add to twist a particular song and present it in a completely different light.
This, combined with another discovery I am very proud of, is the reason behind this blog posts. I have been on a journey of familiarizing myself with a band that somehow seems to remain under the radar in the rock/metal scene despite their undeniable capabilities and passion for the art. Today, I want to introduce you The Veer Union and their EP Covers Collection, Vol 1.
Playing The Veer Union brought me a surprisingly good throwback feeling mixed in with sharp nostalgic elements. The reason was probably the old-school neometal sound and energy – the true spirit of the 2000s was encompassed in the band’s explosive nature and mixed in with modern instrumentals and compelling vocal techniques.
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When I heard the band for the first time I thought I had once again discovered a fresh new gem that is yet to get big in the vast fields of rock music. Doing a background check revealed this impression, even if my reasons were spot-on, was far from true. The Veer Union go back to 2004 when they were making their baby steps in the music world under the name Veer and their first album (Time To Break The Spell) was brought to the world in 2006.
The band has had the time to polish their skills and define values, vision, and specific image which might be exactly the reason why their music feels so fresh but manages to pays tribute to one of the biggest movements in music history in such an accurate way.
The discography of the Canadian rockers is an interesting ride. Lots of influences to go through and lots of outstanding originallity are visible making their music an undeniable delight to the ear of most rock fans.
With a stunning collection of 9 albums and EPs altogether The Veer Union definitely have something to offer. A lot of inspiration and empowerment is present at the core of the quintet. They also pay the necessary attention to important themes including mental health, personal issues, and relationship-oriented (both with yourself and with others) struggles by going through all the relevant matters an individual unavoidably faces in their transition from a teenager to a young adult.
Listen to The Covers Collection, Vol 1
The focus of the blog post is paying homage to their latest release and the one that actually introduced me to the band. The first song I heard was a cover of Halsey’s Nightmare and I was happy to discover it was part of a dedicated cover EP with a number of other spot-on hits.
The Covers Collection, Vol 1 showcases the essence of The Veer Union’s energy, it unveils their approaches, as well as vocal and instrumental skillset in a great way. The record brings me back to the peak of Punk Goes… – Fearless Records’ stunning nineteen (so far) album collection of diverse covers of pop songs in styles ranging from simple acoustic to hardcore metal or energetic punk performed by masters of the chosen genres (check it out, it’s a blast).
I personally think the first editions of this interesting initiative kickstarted a powerful trend inspiring artists to experiment with covers and bring their interpretations to life often elevating original songs by adding their big or small creative twists.
The Covers Collection, Vol 1 contains some drastically different takes as well as simple covers preserving the originals and paying the well-deserved respect. Don’t take my word for it – check for yourself.
The start of the collection of covers is my personal favourite. A way more aggressive and angry version of the original, The Veer Union’s interpretation perfectly captures Halsey’s concept and emotions and bring them to the next level.
The powerful screams and heavy instrumentals contrasted by the mellow elements truly make the song pop out and represent the irritation and anger Halsey brings up with her lyrics in a magnificent way. The best part for me is that despite having the potential to go full-on metalcore and lose some of the powerful lyrics in undistinguishable growls the band decided to respect the song and find the perfect balance of screaming and singing to preserve the best parts of the original while also adding their unique touch.
For the second track, we have a solid neometal foundation by Flyleaf made even more aggressive and powerful. It is a good showcase of how The Veer Union would have executed the song if it was written by them – the core concept, message, and emotion are untouched.
Soft vocals and gruelling screams take turns reminding of the original but the notably more aggressive focus points (the highlight, according to me) stand out and make it a recognizable interpretation.
After an explosive, heavy start the tone goes down several levels with a beautiful version of an early song by one of rock’s best acts at the moment.
I am extremely happy to see PVRIS finally getting the recognition by other artists in the music scene. Machine Gun Kelly stole the YouTube trending top spot for several days with his personal and emotionally penetrating hip-hop take on My House sampling Lynn’s amazing vocals.
The Veer Union apparently paid the band tribute even earlier with the 2019 interpretation of White Noise – another amazing track from the 2014 album with the same title. I consider this a really good cover which once again preserves the emotional power and the original idea but brings different elements to showcase the song in a new light.
Instrumentals have a considerable difference and are slightly heavier but nevertheless, leave the spotlight to the storytelling. The band respects the emotional nature of White Noise and leaves heavy and aggressive screams out of the picture.
The dreamy feel of the original is replaced by a more grounded and conscious execution but still holds the irresistible charm of PVRIS.
The Veer Union gracefully join the party with their interpretation taking away the trance nightclub vibe and breathing in new energy into the song. Adding an addictive outro instrumental the band manages to transform the track into a more rocky, neometalish version which is the perfect middle ground between the original and the already established metalcore covers.
Speaking of good metalcore covers – Annisokay definitely hold the top spot in my chart of Nihilist Blues remakes, do check it out .
This Rihanna cover takes a generic pop song and reanimates it thanks to vibrant energetic instrumentals and enhanced vocal elements. The emotion of the song is preserved and even emphasized but The Veer Union’s touch is clearly visible. It is one of the songs that put the vocus on melodic singing and displays the diverse abilities of the band – they are clearly not bonded by the one genre they operate best in.
Jesus Christ Pose by Soundgarden is probably the most familiar face of thrash music and the spirit of early 90s classic hard-rock. The original song features incredible instrumental build-up and gnarly vocals boldly dissecting a touchy subject. It’s a powerful statement, no question.
This is one of the songs that The Veer Union simply do justice to by preserving most elements and only adding their energetic touch and modernized instrumentals. A great final result, I have to say.
The next song in the tracklist of the EP is also a cover of a solid piece. The band fully respects Tool‘s masterpiece and preserves most of the elements with only slight differences in growls and screams added every once in a while to help the energy and lyrics pop out.
The last song on the EP is another pop classic brought back for a better life. The Veer Union has incorporated instrumentals in their impactful style but stayed away from going too hard and butchering the original – instead, the focus is on the emotion of the story and lyrics.
Similarly tothe cover of Sledgehammer, the song displays another style the Canadian rockers can easily dominate – gentle and mellow singing with melodic build-up.
The Veer Union turned out to be a band with considerable achievements and immense potential for dominating the heavy-rock field. Their discography unveils a lot of important messages and grand musical abilities in the face of compelling instrumentals and vocals ranging from angelic softness to demonic screams.
The Covers Collection, Vol 1 is fun and interesting to look into showing a great taken on some beloved tracks in different music movements and ages. A good thing to note is the “Vol 1” at the end of the EP’s name indicating that there will most likely be more coming our way. I am personally excited to see what other masterpieces The Veer Union plan on reanimating. In the meantime, I will be exploring their discography once again and in case you cherish quality rock music I suggest you give it a shot as well.
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