If you know me, you know that I tend to stick in the trancey, mellow indie scene. I used to think that the day I recommended a metal band was the day I’ve lost touch with my own music taste, but hear me out. Veio has made me rethink everything.
I scored a spot on the barrier to see Starset play this week in Boise. The last time I saw them, I wasn’t thrilled with their openers, so I expected nothing less this time. I was shocked to see what appeared to be an indie folk band take the stage. I knew better, of course, but the vibe was real. Once they got started, all doubts in my mind shattered. These guys are the real deal. I was shocked to experience a metal band with legit vocals and strong vibratos. The backup vocals worried me at first, but they got it together and rocked the set like none other.
Self-described as an American progressive metal band, these four started it all in Portland back in 2010. The best part? Veio has been at it for seven years, unsigned, with two full-length albums. Veio is Cameron Byrd (Vocals/Guitar), Brett Byrd (Drums), Trae Davis (Guitar), and Kris Lewis (Bass).
I wondered how they’ve been able to make it so far on their own, but it’s clear: they know what they’re doing, and they’re not going to give up. Mid-set, Cameron turned around, and I definitely thought he was just fiddling with some equipment. Wrong. He turned around to throw shirts into the crowd. Shirts. Self-promo, during the set. Such a simple concept, but one that I’ve never seen before. Unusual, but it worked.
I’m stuck on these guys, and they’re absolutely making their way into my playlists. I encourage you to let them do the same for you. I’d normally pick a specific song to feature…. Just dive right in, please. Do yourself a favor and let this music just play. Check out their latest album “Infinite Light // Desperate Shadows”
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