Veil of Maya
Eclipse


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
February 18th, 2012 | 1004 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Head banging all the way to the bank, "Eclipse" showcases the unchangeable deathcore act at the top of their game.

Eclipse is not a bad album by any means. As is usual for Veil of Maya, polyrhythms abound, the drummer's double bass pedals ensue, and the guitarist thrashes his instrument about like a mighty masturbator. For fans of Veil of Maya, this is surely good news, because the band are as tight as ever. Sure, it would be a pleasant surprise to see them randomly evolve like a Pokémon, but considering the rate at which they have stayed consistent throughout their career, such an evolution is unrealistic. We have to face the facts - Veil of Maya are not changing, and perhaps that suits them best. Sure, they might throw in some swooping, mysterious synth pads now and then, but overall, Veil of Maya are the same band that you heard in [id]. With that out of the way, let's consider just how good this album is.

In terms of proficiency in their genre (deathcore), there's no question that Veil of Maya are quite above average acts. Eclipse is exciting at all times due to its forward momentum, never stopping for horrible breakdowns, one of the lame tricks that subpar deathcore bands employ. Consequently, the album is intense, and with slightly more interesting guitar riffs than were found in [id] (at times), Eclipse feels like a step up, if ever so slight. Also, it’s unquestionably fun, because the result of the band's technical skills is a fairly catchy album. This doesn't make it lightweight, but makes it possible for the listener to stay interested the entire time. Let’s also not forget the vocals, those mid and high range screams of pure brutality - this is the opposite of weak coffee.

In the end, Eclipse isn't particularly special, but is another great album from Veil of Maya. Considering its surprisingly short running time of twenty eight minutes, Veil of Maya make the best of it - an album that never bores. As a follow up to [id], it meets its goal with gusto, and some might say that it even eclipses [id]. Either way, Eclipse exceeds expectations, and is certainly one of their greatest albums.



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pizzamachine
February 18th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album stream: http://open.spotify.com/album/14HHJV2S4nnnVgdu9oxl4B

EJinHD
February 18th 2012


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Decent Review. Im not sure why Veil of Maya are again making such a short album. Only 28 Minutes long, like come on.

pizzamachine
February 18th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I don't really see the purpose of that.

pmmets07
February 18th 2012


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really enjoying this. i dig short albums. good review

climactic
February 18th 2012


19839 Comments


people always complain about bands in this genre having albums that are too overlong and bloated, so i think its good how they make short albums, it means only the best material gets put out

J0ckstrapsFTW
February 18th 2012


3656 Comments


I preordered this shit so I'm saving my first listen until the hard copy arrives. Most def will be a 4 or

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J0ckstrapsFTW
February 18th 2012


3656 Comments


"but considering the rate at which they have stayed consistent throughout their career, such an evolution is unrealistic. We have to face the facts - Veil of Maya are not changing"

Uh they went from pretty much metalcore to death core from CMC to id. I'd say that's a change.

climactic
February 18th 2012


19839 Comments


omg the ending part in punisher thats so funny

pizzamachine
February 18th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ JOckstrapsFTW: Perhaps, but I still think they haven't changed much in their sound and how they employ their instruments.

J0ckstrapsFTW
February 18th 2012


3656 Comments


I totally agree but every time I listen to vicious circles that section with the chords... It just blows me away what they make now and what it used to be. I'm slightly a fanboy lol

pizzamachine
February 18th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha that's fair though, it's pretty cool to see how much they've improved.

J0ckstrapsFTW
February 18th 2012


3656 Comments


Ya and good review btw

climactic
February 18th 2012


19839 Comments


i dont think theyll ever write a song as good as its not safe/we bow

foreverjohndeered
February 18th 2012


897 Comments


they wont ever write a good song*

J0ckstrapsFTW
February 18th 2012


3656 Comments


Fantastic songs... I remember listening to we bow for the first time and was like o_0 wahhhh???

Pharoh
February 18th 2012


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

not safe and we bow are their best songs

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2012


50871 Comments


What percent of Veil Of Maya fans do you think have ever heard Cynic?
I guess 10 percent

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foreverjohndeered
February 18th 2012


897 Comments


all their songs are bad

climactic
February 18th 2012


19839 Comments


nah has to be more. this band definitely has a smarter crowd than other bands in this scene. all the people i know who like vom like or have at least heard cynic

foreverjohndeered
February 18th 2012


897 Comments


cynic is worse than this band, and that's really hard to beat



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