Ritual Veil is the Portland, OR based synthwave outfit formed by A. Alexander Wolfe (vocals), Tim Iserman (synth & programming), Wolfgang Williams (guitar).
Coming from bands in their DIY punk community such as Steel Chains, Smoke Rings, Petite and Flesh, Ritual Veil formed to create something fresh but informed by Depeche Mode as well as contemporaries She Past Away, Body Of Light, and Drab Majesty, all under the aesthetic influence of Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Inferno films, as well as the artwork of Tom Of Finland.
After only a short time playing together, the band released their debut cassette release Wolf In The Night in the fall of 2017. A six track EP of synth wave that somehow feels like an updated take on the 35+ year-old sound - not feeling dated in the slightest which plagues many bands who attempt this style of music today.
After multiple sold out cassette and CD editions of this EP in the U.S., Russia, and Spain, AVANT! Records is proud to announce the proper vinyl edition of Wolf In The Night.
Post-Punk.com editor in chief William Baker had this to say of the EP:
“The six track EP is full of poppy post-punk and gothic rock imbued with the sensual crooning of A. Alexander Wolfe, the precision hooks of Wolfgang Williams’ guitar, and the melodic frequency modulations from the synthesis of Tim Iserman. The sound of each track comes together with warm nostalgia clothed in leather and lace, suiting the erotic imagery that you would find at a new romantic cabaret, or Fassbinder’s Querelle. Every track is crafted as if it was a single, with the title track, "Gray Filter", "All Black", and "Favorite Toy" all disco dance floor friendly, and the remaining "Surface" and "Time Again" to wind the record down with delightful dirge”.
Track Listing :
1. Gray Filter
2. All Black
3. Wolf In The Night
4. Favorite Toy
6. Time Again