Sumerian Records heavy weights Veil Of Maya are back with their new album “False Idol“. Following up from their massively successful 2015 album “Matriarch” which although divided them from fans of their old style somewhat on the flip side of that they gained many more new fans with their change in style. This has continued on with their sixth instalment “False Idol” so let’s dive into the album…
The opening track “Fracture” is a mind-bending song filled with some of the maddest guitar effects your’ll hear that seem so random but yet work so well together with guitarist Marc Okubo constantly defining this genre of music. This leads into “Doublespeak” which is your classic VOM combined with newer elements your heard enter their sound with the album “Matriarch” which we are definitely digging here at Invicta.
The album continues with an onslaught of riffage and the combination of bass and drums which provide the solid foundations for vocalist Lukas Magyar to deliver his blend of aggressive in your face screams and beautiful melodic melodies he’s known best for. Every track has that escalating feel to them giving a good balance to the album as a whole with the song “Overthrow” being a highlight on the album with its catchy chorus, key changes and ambience, this track is our favourite on the album although every track is awesome in its own right.
Veil Of Maya also win the award for weirdest video for the song “Whistleblower” which if you seen the video will have you scratching your head to the meaning behind it and just had us thinking of the movie Old Boy where he eats the octopus being the closest comparison. Weird video aside this song is beyond awesome and pushes the boat out of what these guys are capable of musically. The chorus is one that will get stuck in your head with the words “Now feel me in the afterlife, I will haunt you endlessly” being unforgettable and a track to sure stay on repeat or in your playlist for a while.
The song “Echo Chamber” is also another stand out on the album for us with its goose bumps inducing intro before breaking into blast beats and riffs galore and again hitting with an epically strong chorus. This is what makes VOM one of the best out there and sets them apart from other bands that play this style of music.
There is some slower pace songs “Manichee” and “Citadel” that give more depth to the album and showing another side to the band. They end the album with ferocity “Tyrant” and “Livestream” being your all out “I’ll see you in the pit” rampage songs that leave you wanting more. Once more proving Veil Of Maya are a force to be reckoned with and providing one of the best albums of the year!
A fiery mixture of blast beats, machine gun riffs and haunting melodic moments that bring a unique blend to the world of metal.