The Veil Audio Drama – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with the podcast: The Veil. This show is a triumph in audio production,by Voxx Studios, that tells paranormal and psychological tales of existential dread.

PodApplaud- The Veil

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to take a look at the podcast: The Veil.

The Veil is anthology audiodrama produced by Voxx Studios that focuses on fictional stories in which the nature of a person’s existence is distorted or called into question.  There is about ten episodes out as I write this review that hover around 20 minutes in length each, with a new one released every week.

I tuned into The Veil as a blank slate not knowing what to expect I think I just searched Audio Drama into Pocketcasts and the podcast art caught my attention. Badabing next thing I was listening. The show is an anthology type show in which the episodes are a stand alone items you can listen to in any order. Usually when I think Audiodrama I think one narrative over multiple episodes, but I suppose anthologies are audio drama just the same. The one thorn in my side so far has bee that the first episode I listened was the best one and left the show with pretty big boots to fill. Episodes have different plots, writers, and voice actors, but each touch on a similar theme. In each episode you end up questioning existence, how it is possible to exist in an alternate way, or how you could lose your very existence as you know it. There are strong horror and thriller ties here, but the episodes didn’t really have me freaked out. Voxx is really aiming high with the production of this show. The voice talent is on point, the sound quality is phenomenal, and they are really flexing their audio production muscles. They are flexing so much in fact that at times it feels like The show is a thinly veiled method to advertise their production services. See what I did there? Thinly Veiled. I would say the weakest aspect of the show is probably the writing, which let me be clear is still very good. The subject matter is taking cues from shows like twilight zone and black mirror. However, I think the short nature of the podcast doesn’t quite allow us to get too involved in the characters before they start experiencing their existencial troubles. So I find myself feeling a bit of separation between me and the stories’ characters. At points the episodes could be a bit more subtle as well. For example, in the episode: Impressions, the main character has what seems to be a 180 degree personality flip because of one relatively small igniting incident.

I know this seems like a lot of griping, but I think Voxx is really aiming at the moon and landing among the stars in this scenario. They have all the trappings of one of those rare genre-defining podcasts that people recommend for years, but they are not quite one of the heavy hitters. At Least not yet, it’s an anthology show that could continue on for a long time, who knows just how  far they might go. So how do I rate this show that is already great, but perhaps with yet more potential they might eek out?

Well here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I can see through this particular Veil and on the other side I see a ⅘. I happened to stumble in early on this show so I will definitely catch up the other 4 episodes I haven’t listened too yet and likely keep listening into the future. I think the show is exploring a place that a lot of other casts are engaging in as well, but does it better than many others, especially of course when it comes to sound quality. I would recommend this show to people who like weird takes on human consciousness, audio quality snobs, and people who tend to prefer anthology works in which they can hop around episodes as they please.

That’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.