An exchange with someone writing a book on goth brought up the fact that I had, through odd circumstances and band personnel issues, I no longer had a copy of the debut Veil of Thorns demo, nor was the dat tape with the mixdown in my possession no longer. (“How you musicians can let things like this happen, I don’t understand” said he.) That led me to dig through 4 and 8 track master tapes to see what I still had. No longer having the equipment to play this stuff, I had to do some serious beatmapping and quantizing, but left rehearsal complex ambientia, artifacts and tape quirks.

The debut demo from Veil of thorns, recorded on primitive equipment in a basement rehearsal complex in Boston. Instrumental tracks were recorded all at once on two tracks using two ribbon mikes and a direct line for Ruddy Bitch, leaving the other two for vocals and a couple additional guitars.

the noise of other bands can be heard at quiet moments.


P. Emerson Williams – Guitar, Vocals
Jarrett Laitinen – Guitar
Catherine Chenoweth – Bass
Ruddy Bitch – Drums


Tear the Cities Down
Sanctify (Drowning)
No Claim
Dreamshadow (Falling)
Re-Creating Space-Time
Crimson Smile

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VeilOfThorns-VeilOfThorns1991_64kb.m3u 64Kbps M3U Stream 64Kbps MP3 ZIP 30 MB
VeilOfThorns-VeilOfThorns1991_vbr.m3u VBR M3U Stream VBR ZIP 149 MB
Audio Files VBR MP3 Ogg Vorbis 64Kbps MP3
Veil_of_Thorns_-_01-Void 19 MB 5.4 MB 3.8 MB
Veil_of_Thorns_-_02-Utopia 17 MB 5.3 MB 3.4 MB
Veil_of_Thorns_-_03-Tear_The_Cities_Down 18 MB 5.7 MB 3.5 MB
Veil_of_Thorns_-_04-Sanctify_[Drowning] 20 MB 6.6 MB 4.0 MB
Veil_of_Thorns_-_05-No_Claim 12 MB 4.1 MB 2.5 MB
Veil_of_Thorns_-_06-Dreamshadow_[Falling] 22 MB 6.2 MB 4.4 MB
Veil_of_Thorns_-_07-Re-Creating_Space-Time 15 MB 5.3 MB 2.9 MB
Veil_of_Thorns_-_08-Crimson_Smile 22 MB 7.3 MB 4.3 MB
Veil_of_Thorns_-_09-Nod 5.1 MB 1.7 MB 1.0 MB