Veil Of Maya is one of the most influential and innovative bands in the metalcore scene. Their discography spans six albums, from their debut All Things Set Aside in 2006 to their latest False Idol in 2017. In this article, we will explore their musical evolution, their lyrical themes, and their upcoming seventh album, Mother, set for release on May 12, 2023.
The Early Years: All Things Set Aside and The Common Man's Collapse
Veil Of Maya was formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 2004 by guitarist Marc Okubo, drummer Sam Applebaum, and bassist Kris Higler. They were joined by vocalist Adam Clemans and guitarist Timothy Marshall, who later left the band and were replaced by Scott Okarma and Bryan Ruppell. The band recorded a self-released demo in 2005 and signed with Corrosive Recordings for their first album, All Things Set Aside[^1^]. The album showcased their technical deathcore style, with complex riffs, breakdowns, and harsh vocals.
In 2008, Veil Of Maya signed with Sumerian Records and released their second album, The Common Man's Collapse[^2^]. The album featured a new vocalist, Brandon Butler, who replaced Clemans. The band also became a four-piece after Ruppell's departure. The Common Man's Collapse was produced by Michael Keene of The Faceless and had a more polished and progressive sound than their debut. The album also introduced some clean vocals and melodic elements to their music.
The [id] Era: [id] and Eclipse
Veil Of Maya continued to evolve their sound on their third album, [id], which was released in 2010[^3^]. The album was named after the main character of the PlayStation game Xenogears and had several references to other topics in popular culture, especially television shows. The album also featured more clean vocals and electronic elements than their previous albums. [id] was well received by critics and fans alike and reached number 107 on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2012, Veil Of Maya released their fourth album, Eclipse[^4^]. The album was co-produced by Keene and Misha Mansoor of Periphery and had a more djent-oriented sound than their previous albums. The album also featured some guest appearances by Keene, Mansoor, and Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan. Eclipse was praised for its technicality and diversity but also criticized for its short length and lack of originality.
The Matriarch Era: Matriarch and False Idol
Veil Of Maya underwent another lineup change in 2014 when Butler left the band and was replaced by Lukas Magyar. Magyar brought a new dimension to the band's vocals with his wide range of clean singing and screaming. The band also added Danny Hauser as their new bassist after Higler's departure. The band released their fifth album, Matriarch, in 2015. The album was based on female characters from various media sources such as video games, movies, books, and mythology. The album also had a more melodic and accessible sound than their previous albums.
In 2017, Veil Of Maya released their sixth album, False Idol. The album was a concept album that told the story of a corrupt leader who deceives his followers into believing he is a god. The album had a darker and heavier sound than Matriarch and featured some orchestral and symphonic elements. False Idol was acclaimed by critics and fans as one of the best albums of the band's career.
The Future: Mother
Veil Of Maya has recently announced that they are working on their seventh album, Mother, which is set for release on May 12, 2023. The band has not revealed much about the album's concept or sound but has stated that it will be different from anything they have done before. The band has also released a single called \"Outsider\", which showcases their new direction. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Mother and hoping aa16f39245