New Veil Of Maya album in 2020? With new material like this, we can only hope.
In September 2019, Veil Of Maya unleashed ‘Members Only.’ Whilst perhaps a little simpler and more melodic for the U.S. four-piece, it’s bold fusion of Veil Of Maya’s technical trademarks with glitchy pop production, more synths, and even a goddamn keytar solo made it one of the most surprising and interesting VOM tracks in years. Even with its insane high-end-focused mix, the way I feel about that previous single is how I first felt about ‘Mikasa‘ way back in 2015: pure blinding love for what was and is a modern prog-metalcore marvel.
While I’d still sooner jam ‘Members Only‘ than that of ‘Outsider,’ this brutal new Veil single is a grower, not a shower, featuring a little bit of everything that they’re well known for: big melodic elements, strong deathcore and metalcore heaviness, all with solid tech-metal ideas. Though it’s maybe a more straightforward and expected single for the band’s tight sound, but ‘Outsider‘ is the band doing what they do best. And there’s a lot to like about it. For me, I love how just when you first think the song is winding down at 3:27 with a haunting passage of synths and keys, it suddenly roars back into life with a “post-credits scene” as ‘Outsider‘ returns to its pounding, hemorrhaging intro with a synchronized riff and ride-cymbal punch.
Of course, saying that Veil Of Maya display sheer musical chops is a bloody given. Whether it’s the vicious pinch and natural harmonics in the verses, that twisting dissonant part that kicks off at 1:27, or that sweet double-picking riff at 045, guitarist Marc Okubo is as on-point as ever with his busy fretwork. As for frontman Lukas Magyar, from the great catchy melodies that he belts out in the choruses, to the song’s closing 12-second held scream that is so raw and real, this song should hopefully, finally, put to rest any BS about his talents and strengths as a vocalist within Veil and the metal sub-genres they reside within.
So have no fear, pick a side, and jump in head-first.