Veil of Maya is a deathcore, metalcore band from Illinois, signed with Sumerian records. Eclipse is the fourth full length from Veil of Maya, and it is very much Veil of Maya in terms of sound and composition. Consistency is a good thing however, when you find something that works for you, and in Veil of Maya’s case they have been building a fan base around this particular sound, it’s not the worst idea to stick with it, at least to some extent. Of course a band could go off into pudding and cowboy Metallica land or succumb to whatever the hell happened to In Flames, but thankfully Veil of Maya have not done either of those things. Veil of Maya’s sound generally contains elements of death, a lot of technical prowess, poly-rhythmic riffs and angular melodic lines.
Veil of Maya, Eclipse included, have a lot of poly-rhythmic structures that combine guitar riff and drums into a sort of staccato groove. Sam Applebaum on drums and guitarist Marc Okubo blend seamlessly like a high performance machine, tracks like Punisher are representative of the synergy they achieve here. Brandon Butler handles the vocals with a pretty decent range of various forms of growl. Butler’s vocals add some melodic structure to the songs, they work with the poly-rhythmic nature of the guitars and drums and make the music accessible to a wider audience than it might otherwise be. To be clear, we are not talking about Meshuggah like insanity here, but it’s definitely more complex than your standard metalcore riffing. Veil of Maya have finally found a permanent bassist in Danny Hauser, who does an admirable job of holding down the low end and freeing up Applebaum and Okubo to go a little farther out than they might otherwise be able to. Hauser isn’t really breaking new ground here, but the bass parts are solid and do the job of filing in the low end, which makes the rest of the instrumentation work. Numerical Scheme highlights this as Hauser keeps things moving while the Okubo is able to go between melodic lines and staccato riffs. Veil of Maya take advantage of certain sound effects and keys in intro’s and bridges, and for the most part this pays off and adds color to the songs which might otherwise feel like a race from start to finish at times. One track that captures all of these elements in about equal measure is the well balanced Vicious Circles, complete with keys in the bridge and poly-rhythmic outro. Veil of Maya do leave off the staccato rhythms on occasion, the title track Eclipse is a pretty straightforward building guitar part, sweeping epic keys and basic bass and drums beneath, acting as a bridge for the album. Most of the tracks on Eclipse are under three and a half minutes, except for the closer With Passion and Power which clocks in at four and five seconds, the longest track on Eclipse and also a great example of all of Veil of Maya’s elements in one track.
Overall Eclipse is a solid effort from Veil of Maya. There is nothing really new in terms of their sound, but Eclipse is one of the stronger representations of that sound. Additionally, Eclipse benefits from very clean yet not inorganic sounding production. For Veil of Maya fans this is a no brainer, for metalcore and deathcore fans this worth giving a listen, there are good odds you will find something you like.