Veil of Maya
False Idol


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sebastian USER (76 Reviews)
November 27th, 2017 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavy goodness.

It’s not easy moving on without your vocalist. The forefront of most musical endeavours, it can be hard to find a replacement that suffices with both the music and the fanbase. Of course, Veil of Maya finds that idea completely irrelevant. Picking up former Arms of Empire vocalist Lukas Magyar for 2015’s Matriarch, their foray into a slightly more streamlined sound resulted in one of their most focused releases yet, for better or for worse. And False Idol continues in the same vein, but tightens the loose ends from their previous outing and hits hard, resulting in a listen that showcases a band more than content with their sound than ever.

Despite its revitalised sound, Matriarch was a bit too by-the-numbers; a safe release that looked to incorporate new ideas without sounding too jarring to the listener. False Idol, on the other hand, finds the quartet looking to solidify their newfound sound with a far more focused approach. Magyar’s range as both a harsh and clean vocalist is admirable, and really sells the further incorporation of streamlined songwriting; though his hooks still don’t grab as much as their contemporaries, his capabilities far outweigh the negatives brought forth by this. ‘Whistleblower’ has a rather lacklustre hook, but his harsh sections really sell the heavy-soft dynamic of the track. What sells his vocals best, however, are the heavier tracks. ‘Follow Me’ is by far the heaviest track here, and doesn’t waste its opportunity to shine. It weaves between blast beats and short electronic interludes with ease, carried by another throaty performance from Lukas.

What Veil of Maya does best, however, is incorporate that prog-djent goodness into their sound, and here it’s no different. Although it does at times border on Periphery worship, it does just enough to separate itself from the aforementioned and be a memorable beast in its own right. Guitarist Marc Okubo continues to prove his prowess at creating riffs that are both technically mesmerising and equally crushing, and bassist Danny Hauser creates the perfect backbone for his capabilities to be on full display. Both ‘Livestream’ and the aforementioned ‘Follow Me’ riff hard without sounding pretentious, and continues to add the flair to the Veil of Maya sound. Drummer Sam Applebaum is no slouch either; he knows when and where to let loose, and when he does, such as on ‘Fracture’, it adds some nice meat to the tracks, though it does beckon as to why he isn’t allowed the freedom to go wild as frequently as he could be.

What shortcomings present themselves on False Idol are quickly forgotten by the time they pass by due to the nature of the album just being heavy fun. The more streamlined approach to songwriting is a welcome addition, allowing tracks to sound far more complete without overstaying their welcome. Instrumentation and vocals come together brilliantly throughout, and although the album can begin to drag due to the 45-minute runtime, the nature of the album allows this to be more of a blessing than a cure; these songs shred, and you should shred with them.

3.8/5

Recommended Tracks: Fracture, Pool Spray, Follow Me



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Drubbi
November 27th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The snare on this album is so satisfying.



Some good fun had with this, even if it won't make my end-of-year list.

ShadowNeko
November 27th 2017


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album

SteakByrnes
November 27th 2017


14602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I couldn't really get into this, but Lukas really stepped it up in the screams department, dude sounds like a monster on some of these tracks



I remember only really liking Overthrow and Fracture, I might give this another listen



Pos my guy

Drubbi
November 27th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude. Just trying to keep writing tbh, drive hasn't been there.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2017


8970 Comments


Good review. Pos'd. I've been meaning to listen to this, but the singles didn't grab me the same way Mikasa did.

SteakByrnes
November 27th 2017


14602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Listening through again, the only chorus that I actually enjoy is Overthrow, which is still easily the best on here imo. Not to be that guy, but they'd be so much better without the cleans because the instrumentals go off like usual, and his unclean vocals are great this time around

bloc
November 27th 2017


55109 Comments


Ah nice to see this finally get a review.

Hated this tbh. I would play a song and be like whoa this is fun but by the end of the song be like ugh.

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SteakByrnes
November 27th 2017


14602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really miss Brandon's vocals

bloc
November 27th 2017


55109 Comments


Eh, I doubt he could do anything to save this. I thought the music was bad too.

SteakByrnes
November 27th 2017


14602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well Brandon didn't do cleans, so the sections where the choruses and shit are could have been livened up with some killer riffs



Marc really isn't playing to his full potential since the choruses were added to the song structures

Darius the Great
November 27th 2017


20144 Comments


Did they really call a song "Livestream" lol

SteakByrnes
November 27th 2017


14602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They should've named more songs after anime grills

bloc
November 27th 2017


55109 Comments


That song title fucked me up for a sec when I first downloaded this. Thought my download came with a free video or some shit lol

Drubbi
November 27th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pool Spray is a pretty good one.

SteakByrnes
November 27th 2017


14602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Overthrow, Fracture, Pool Spray, and Follow Me are the only ones I enjoyed in full after listening again

bloc
November 27th 2017


55109 Comments


I liked this band more when they did a cameo in Volumes' Overdrive video

SteakByrnes
November 27th 2017


14602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sheeeeeee



Can send me into overdrive

brainmelter
November 27th 2017


6309 Comments


good review but this music zzzzzzzzzz

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Evok
November 27th 2017


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Good review even though I couldn't disagree more

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Toondude10
November 27th 2017


13830 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

album is ever so slightly better than the last one



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