Tragedy That Powers Music! Meet Noah Veil and The Dogs of Heaven.
Updated: Apr 10, 2018
Noah Veil was found as a John Doe in November of 2007 on a beach in Atlantic Canada, water in his lungs, heart stopped, the victim of either an accident, foul play or attempted suicide.
Searches of Canadian and international databases turned up no records matches on DNA or fingerprints, nor missing persons reported matching his description. Afflicted by amnesia and with no one stepping forward to identify him, it was taken under advisement not to actively search for relatives or associates by publishing his image, due to the uncertain nature of his circumstances.
With no idea where he was from, when he was born, his name or who his family is, he was legally adopted by the family of the man who discovered him, with whom he has lived since. Sylvain Montenegro was raised in isolation in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains where he was home-schooled and had infrequent contact with people outside his immediate family, his primary exposure to the outside world being the internet. At the age of 20, with the aid of his older brother, he managed to manipulate his parents into moving the family down into civilization and was able to begin teaching himself music programming and production. Atlantic Canada is known neither as a breeding ground for hard rock/heavy metal, nor techno/industrial, so Noah Veil took to Craigslist to find a musical partner. Placing ads in major metropolitan areas around North America, in January, 2014 he received a response from SF Bay Area programmer and aspiring producer Sylvain Montenegro. Finding common ground in their shared enthusiasm for metal, punk, techno, power pop and goth, the two began collaborating via fileshare, which led to the production of their full length album, Forever Immortal. With Veil
recording and uploading the basic foundations of vocals, guitars, bass and drum machine, Montenegro assumed responsibility for programming synths and loops and editing. He was also to enlist and record session drummer Christopher Clifton to replace the drum machine tracks and stellar vocalist Rachel DuMouchel for additional vocals. The process was completed with Veil traveling to California to co-mix and take photos. The duo signed a licensing and distribution deal in August, 2016 with German-based record label 7hard/7us.