VEIL OF SECRETS is a new Doom Metal band formed by Vibeke Stene and Asgeir Mickelson. Their debut album “Dead Poetry” is set to be released through Crime Records on November 30th, 2020. It marks the return to the scene for Stene after leaving Tristania in 2007 and is Mickelson’s first outlet as main songwriter. The fundament of VEIL OF SECRETS is to make music from the heart – and the belief that honest music is the only way to really captivate and move the listener. It is pure Doom Metal, still with a niche of its own.
Vibeke Stene is known as the singer of Tristania, 1997-2007. With VEIL OF SECRETS, she has composed the majority of lyrics and vocals. Asgeir Mickelson is known for having played drums in Borknagar, Sarke, Ihsahn, Spiral Architect, Vintersorg, Abyssic, Testament, and others. With VEIL OF SECRETS, he has written all music and recorded drums, guitars, and bass. In live situations, he will handle drums. Growling vocals on the album were done by Erling Malm (Endolith, Articulus), who will also play guitar live. Violin was done by Sareeta (Ram-Zet, ex-Ásmegin), who will also join on live shows. The live line-up will be completed with another guitarist and bassist. This constellation is “the band”, but the creative core is Stene & Mickelson.
“Dead Poetry” was produced by the duo, mixed at Toproom Studio by Børge Finstad, and mastered at dUb Studio by Endre Kirkesola.
Vibeke Stene comments: “After some years with no music production or dissemination, I strongly felt an inner longing to create and feel alive through music. So, I started to seek a resolution. When Asgeir contacted me for the project God of Atheists, we started to share music and ideas, which lead to a satisfying process of expressions. I’ve taken the chance to believe that my words, my thoughts, and dreams, could have any value combined with my inner tones. The composing process of “Dead Poetry”, was deeply founded on honesty and trust, and therefore I’m very proud to finally share Veil of Secrets.”
Asgeir Mickelson states: “Most people know me as a drummer, but I started originally out as a guitarist. After I switched to drums, I didn’t play guitar for years, so when I picked up again in 2002, I quickly started writing doom metal riffs. To me, there are only two real doom metal albums, which are the Candlemass classics “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” and “Nightfall”, so that style is my starting point when it comes to writing slow-paced metal – meaning guitar-driven songs with melancholic and somber melodies. For years I wrote riffs on and (a lot more) off without a real plan, so when Vibeke expressed interest in the songs, it made sense to use them as the basis for a new band. We then went through the material, decided on the initial eight songs, and made some final adjustments before Vibeke breathed new life into them. Then Sareeta lifted the songs even further with her violin melodies. It’s not become symphonic – it’s still pure doom metal, and I cannot wait to let you finally hear it!”
Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and drums recorded at Toproom Studio by Asgeir Mickelson, engineered by Børge Finstad. Guitars recorded at MultiMono Studio by Asgeir Mickelson. Violins recorded at Skattholdet Studio, engineered and mixed by Anders Langberg. Clean guitar effects on “The Last Attempt” by Eirik Flohr.
Paintings by Kjell-Åge Meland. Band photos by Petter Sandell. Logo by Mateusz Witczak. Design by Asgeir Mickelson.
1. The Last Attempt (5:24)
2. Sear The Fallen (6:51)
3. Remorseful Heart (5:28)
4. The Lie Of Her Properity (6:19)
5. Fey (6:32)
6. Bryd (4:27)
7. Meson (7:02)
8. Entirety (6:21)