Underneath a maelstrom of polyrhythmic guitars, sweeping vocals, and shuddering beats, Veil of Maya encode a ponderous narrative
at the core of their sixth full-length album, False Idol [Sumerian Records]. This time around, a captivating concept drives
the quartetMarc Okubo [guitar], Sam Applebaum [drums], Danny Hauser [bass], and Lukas Magyar [vocals].
The whole album is told from a first-person perspective, Lukas explains. Youre following this character
whos not the nicest man. He rises to power though. Youll have to listen in order to find out how it ends. The
storyline is very dark.
It felt more like we were making a movie or a TV series, adds Marc. Lukas
actually had a storyboard idea that we talked about before even starting. Its almost like we were providing the soundtrack
in Veil of Mayas template.
The seeds for this widescreen ambition can be traced back to 2015s Matriarch.
The album bowed at #2 on the Billboard US Hard Rock Chart and spawned the bands biggest hit to date, Mikasawhich
racked up over 5.2 million YouTube views and 5.1 million Spotify streams. Meanwhile, Leeloo, Ellie,
and Aeris each cracked the 1-million mark on Spotify. Matriarch earned acclaim from Billboard, Alternative Press,
New Noise Magazine, and more as the guys hit the road with the likes of Animals As Leaders, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes,
Chelsea Grin, Oceans Ate Alaska, and other heavy hitters in addition to a stint on the Vans Warped Tour. Late 2016 saw the
musicians head to Los Angeles in order to record what would become False Idol. Marc worked with producer Max Schad in one
studio, while Lukas teamed with vocal producer Brandon Paddock in another.
Two studios working at the same time
was a new approach for us, continues Marc. In the past, we completed all of the instrumentals for Lukas to marinate
on. Everything was done by the time he joined the band. This is the first time we got to write with his voice in mind. Another
change, he was writing on the spot. It brought a different energy and ended up really cool. Max made a big difference too.
difference stands out in Veil of Mayas marked sonic evolution. Every element is amplified: its heavier, its
more hypnotic, and it hits even harder.
The overall vibe is darker and heavier, reveals Lukas. with
the story, the demeanor got pretty sinister. Thats an element that I dont think anybody was expecting.
first single Overthrow revs up from a crushing tidal wave of riffing into a soaring and striking clean refrain.
It taps into the expansive energy of signature fan favorites, while elevating the group to a new level.
got some of that Mikasa spirit, smiles Marc. We thought that couldnt hurt!
show references to the beginning of the main characters life at this point in terms of the content, says Lukas.
It was a more compelling way to tell the story. All of the songs stand alone. They represent their own pieces of the
Whether its the pulverizing power of Overthrow and Doublespeak or knockout
send-off of Tyrant and Livestream, False Idol exorcises an unforgettable narrative in the landscape
of Veil of Mayas most definitive work to date.
We wanted to create something refreshing, Lukas leaves
off. We didnt recycle the same old thing. Its a new beginning.
I hope the record is something
people want to go back to and study again, concludes Marc. Its worth more than one listen.