Veil of Maya is probably one of the most technical deathcore bands Iâ€™ve heard yet. I never fully appreciated them until I saw them live a couple weeks ago at the 2010 Summer Slaughter tour. I was surprised to see that their bassistâ€™s guitar had seven strings! That isnâ€™t something you would normally see in a deathcore band. I was just outside the venue by some merchandise stands chatting with my friends and eating a mini pizza (it was around lunchtime). I was sort of listening to them as background music, and while I was inside throwing my pizza away, I couldnâ€™t believe what I was hearing; I had to stay and watch this. Pretty soon I was enjoying myself so much I was in the pit within a few minutes (even though I was freaking tired). I was impressed by them and bought their new album, [id], while I was there.
Veil of Mayaâ€™s sound is very abstract. The guitarists play a lot of out of tune chords to give the sound an edge. The vocalist is one of those deathcore vocalists that mainly growls, and screams every once in a while (like whitechapel, carnifex, and suffokate). Before I saw them, I had their first demo that I got when a friend gave it to me about a year after they released it. Now that Iâ€™ve heard this, Iâ€™d say that they are astonishing compared to the demo. Their bassist has great technical skills, and I can tell that he uses every string on his instrument. The drummer plays a lot of abstract tempos and uses a lot of auxiliary drumming items. I would like to note that Iâ€™m not extra critical on how metal vocalists sound because itâ€™s very hard to do (I know firsthand that itâ€™s difficult). But I would like to say that the vocalistâ€™s scream could use to be worked on a bit because itâ€™s a bit scratchy sounding, which bothers me a bit.
There are several interludes in the album. The first â€œsongâ€, which is the intro track, really gives you an idea of what youâ€™re about to listen to. In the next song, the guitarist plays a really weird chord that sounds really cool to give the song some edge. Believe it or not, in deathcore, I am not easily impressed when it comes to breakdowns. They have to be really good, tight, on-beat, and creative to impress me, and honestly, none of these breakdowns impress me (Iâ€™m not saying theyâ€™re bad at all, theyâ€™re just not quite good enough for me). Overall, the bandâ€™s performance and this album have impressed me. I would recommend this to metalcore and deathcore fans, and of course, to anyone who loves discovering new music. This album gets 16/20.