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Veil Of Maya – [id]

Posted in Under Review with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by tagonizer

I seriously cannot stop listening to this album.

Veil Of Maya - [id]

Album art

I guess it’s not a huge leap from Common Man’s Collapse, but I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoy it. Marc Okubo’s guitar riffage is at it’s peak, with the usual use of chords and odd time signatures; Sam Applebaum’s drums sound equally jazzy and brutal, each cymbal ringing clearly in my ears; Brandon Butler’s vocals have only matured and improved since their last release, but it’s that tried and true Veil of Maya sound that we all know and love.

If there were a standard (in my eyes) for overall musicianship, this would be it.

Just as in their past two releases, there are a few instrumental breakdowny tracks. But, these are not your little sisters breakdowns; these are mind boggling syncopated breakdowns that just make me smile in awe. Check out “[id],” “Martyrs,” and “Circle” if you have an insatiable appetite for highly distorted dissonant guitarwork over a sick rhythm. To be perfectly clear, “Martyrs” is my favorite of these bunch, I’m not sure what it is about it, but it makes me just want to leap into a pit and ruin someone’s night. Also, is it just me, or did VoM have a field day with effects? Check out “Circles” and you’ll hear a weird techno sounding fadeout and a sound clip that sounds like a mass of flies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it; it adds a good depth.

As for their other tracks, a few of the standouts in my eyes are “Unbreakable,” “The Higler,” and “Namaste.” “Namaste” was the first track they released, a pre-production popping up on MetalSucks.net back in February. It got mixed feedback on their site, but it wasn’t even mixed or mastered! On the CD it sounds much better, and overall it’s a very jazzy track for them. “Unbreakable” is the first song-song after their standard instrumental opener “[id],” and they chose a GREAT song for that role. It’s got the whole spectrum of Maya standards: Fast unpredictable breakdowns, amazing riffs, and a vocal range that you can’t shake a stick at. Production has done this song well: Just listen up at 1:49 into the song.

Also, this just struck me, but they have oddly positive lyrics for a progressive deathcore band: “Now is the time to believe in yourself / Have no fear how others think of you or will judge you / Because your greatness will silence them all”

Since this my first “review” on this blog, I’m not sure if I should rate it, or just tell you go buy this album.

…Just go buy the album. 5 stars.

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