On Facebook, Wilderun list the band's interests as "music, beer, instruments," but in truth, the Boston quintet's inclinations are much headier and ambitious than that trio would suggest. Their third and latest album, the kaleidoscopic concept record Veil of Imagination, due November 1st, fuses clean vocals and death growls to densely woven instrumentation that embraces elements of extreme metal, folk and orchestral music in a way that evokes classic Opeth but never stoops to mere homage. Take as an exemplar the nine-minute-plus epic "The Tyranny of Imagination," which makes its debut here and, according to the band's Evan Berry, represents "the deepest valley" in the LP's "peaks and valleys through light and darkness."
"Whereas our previous single, 'Far From Where Dreams Unfurl,' explored brighter, melodic territories, we wanted this song to focus more on guitar work, atmosphere, and the darker textures of the orchestra," he explains. "Lyrically, this song is a sort of submission to the power and oppression of an overactive mind. Up until this point on the album, the 'main character' has been battling his own inability to live in the real world, attempting to find ways to perceive reality as it truly is. This is a song of defeat, and of going inward to the point of no return." Check it out above, and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order Veil of Imagination via Bandcamp.