I hadn't noticed Beyond the Veil's lack of guitar solos until someone pointed it out to me; and thats saying a lot because solos are usually very important to me. The haunting atmosphere that the keyboards and operatic vocals create fills in the gap.
All the vocals on this album are exceptional, as are the guitar riffs. The bass and drums are excellent when they are prominent. But its the keyboards and violins that stand out the most and make this album as good as it is.
The first thing I thought of after hearing this album was the combination of two of my favorite bands: Opeth + Nightwish = Tristania
The absolute high point of this album is A Sequel of Decay. The only flaw I can find is that its too short; the last track could have been expanded into a complete song.(metal-archives.com)