Veil of Anguish

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Band members

  • Current Line-up
    • Chris McEwan (vocals, bass)
    • Justin Macdonald (drums)
    • Chris McManus (vocals, guitar)
    • Brad Ollis (vocals, guitar)
  • Former members
    • Sam Hovey (keys, synth) (1997 - 2007) d. 4/6/09
    • Andy Shore (bass) (1995 - 2002)
    • Derek Patterson (drums) (1995 - 1998)
    • Ben Mitchell (keys) (1997)
    • Ken Harvey (keys) (1997)



Geelong, VIC, 1995

Band information

Veil of Anguish is an extreme metal act from Geelong with strong black leanings, also incorporating elements of folk, dark ambience, Goth and doom. Veil of Anguish formed in 1995 around McManus and bassist Andy Shore, with drummer Derek Patterson. Sometime later keyboards player Ken Harvey was added and a full length album entitled Gabrielle's Tears was recorded but never released. McDonald replaced Patterson on drums and Ben Mitchell stepped in for Harvey, although his stay was short. Hovey was recruited as a second guitarist but when Mitchell left he switched to keyboards and Ollis was added in 1999.

Shore left Veil of Anguish in January 2002 and Chris McEwin from Befallen joined in his place. A second album begun in 2001 also seems to have been abandoned, but finally in 2004 the band issued the five track "Spirits in the Flesh" EP.

The following year the band supported Pungent Stench. 2007 started badly for the band when keyboards player Hovey was arrested and imprisoned just before a show in Adelaide and McEwin was diagnosed with cancer in May. The band has nevertheless continued, with current plans to complete both another EP and a DVD. Sam Hovey died on June 4, 2009.



2004 Spirits in the Flesh self release

Compilation tracks:

Year Track Title Album Title Label
2003 "Summer Dying Fast" Covered in Filth - A Tribute to Cradle of Filth Cleopatra
2005 "Snake Eyes in Paradise" Underearthed 3 independent
2006 "Spiritual Entrapment" Underearthed 4 independent