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  • Audio CD (Feb. 28 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B006UFH7WI
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There is no doubt that one of the most anticipated metal releases of 2012 is the new Veil of Maya album. This new effort will street while the band is out on the massive North American tour with the legendary In Flames and Trivium, which is a must see for all metal fans. Veil of Maya tracked bass, drums and guitars with their great friend and label mate, Misha Mansoor (Periphery) as the renowned Michael Keene (The Faceless) handled all vocal production duties. Guitarist Marc Okubo shares his excitement, "The tracks came out amazing and give me the chills! We have spent lots of time on the road with Periphery and now working with Misha is an added bonus. He is beyond a genius and understands our focus for this next record. Things are faster, more technical and beyond any of our efforts thus far."

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0c781f8) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c77b58) out of 5 stars Outgrowing the Competition Feb. 29 2012
By Scott Rosenbluth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Veil of Maya, like Born of Osiris or really any of the other Sumerian bands, were just kids when they were signed. While this shows the level of talent these bands had, it didn't always translate into cohesive, well-structured songs. By virtue of touring, practicing and sharing trade secrets, Veil of Maya have completed their finest work to date, and a testament to modern death metal. Their sound is refined, focused, and ambitious, taking listeners blasting and careening through polyrythmic chug fests, augmented by melodic underpinnings and beautiful chord progressions. Jazz, tech death, death metal, hardcore and prog are seamlessly blended, and the result is the most sharply refined summation of the band's sound to date! The album is a little short, but the amount of material contained there-in is enough to keep you listening for hours. Don't be an elitist and don't downplay these bands' ability to shred. This is death metal circa 2012, and the future is bright in the capable hands of these young savants.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9feba498) out of 5 stars Getting Back on Track March 7 2012
By Fryeguy - Published on Amazon.com
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Honestly...for me, this should've been their next album after Common Man's Collapse. [id] was just OK. It really wasn't a strong collection of songs, considering what they're capable of. Eclipse isn't [id], CMC, or ATSA but, in all fairness, it does resemble [id] more than anything else they've done & there's no denying that.

VOM is still a very technical band along with their patented creepy ambiance & all but the focus has shifted to speed over spontaneity, which leaves me torn. I'm sorry but there's no rule that says fast=heavy. That's the biggest misconception in metal. Although Eclipse is a step up from their last album, their bizarre & unpredictable timings that changed on a dime during their earlier work is what drew me to them in the first place. So, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at least a little disappointed because their music just hasn't been nearly as much fun since CMC. Some will agree with me on that point & some won't, I know. This is just a point of view so, take it for what it is. Still a good album though, still worth purchasing. It is, after all, Veil Of Maya.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fc21dd0) out of 5 stars V.O.M. "Eclipse" themselves Feb. 2 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With only a mere ten track and twenty-eight minute-long final playing time, Veil Of Maya's fourth full-length, "Eclipse," straddles the line separating a full length from an E.P.. Therefore, it is short, sweet, and to the point. The Chicago-born technical death-grinders definitely wear their influences on their sleeves throughout the record, ranging from Origin to Cryptopsy to Meshuggah to Dying Fetus. But even if this 2012 release is not wildly original, it is still technically quite dazzling, thrilling, powerful, and certainly memorable. The guitar work is excellent, as Marc Okubo spits out gobs of intricate, technically impressive riffs, fleet-fingered leads, and exceptional solos. But the drummer, Sam Applebaum, is every bit as talented. A true ace of his instrument, Applebaum's playing is constantly airtight, precise, and brutal. And there might be a shred-happy moment or two found, here; but "Eclipse" is refreshing (and, to a certain extent, unique) in that it does not suffer from "breakdown happy" syndrome. Finally, the record is very well produced, too. Periphery shredder Misha "Bulb" Mansoor is the guy turning the knobs this time around, and doing quite an excellent job of it, too. His mix sounds compact, chunked-up, and leaves room for every instrument to shine through at least a little bit.

There are a couple of ominously quiet, electronic/symphonic -- and near DJent-worthy -- interludes (see "20/200" and the closing "With Passion And Power"). But of the eight proper songs that remain, the opener "Divide Paths," seems to stand out the most. Recalling the likes of Beneath The Massacre and The Faceless, this track explodes with Cookie Monster death metal vocals, Origin-inspired guitar sweeps, and triggered, grinding blast beats. (The drumming in this song comes across sounding like the birth child of John Lengstreth and Flo Mounier.) And there are plenty of chunky, chugging breakdowns to be had, here, as well. Tracks three and seven (the aptly-entitled "Punisher" and "Numerical Scheme"), meanwhile, both boast plenty of chunky, staccato Meshuggah riffing anchored by pummeling blasts. And, in the case of the latter song, a very proggy, infectious, and sweeping guitar intro is also included. "Enter My Dreams" also evokes Meshuggah, as it is filled with insane drumming (including a rapid-fire drum intro, jackhammer-fast double-time pummel, and Tomas Haake-reminiscent polyrhythms), and tacks on a good, Meshuggah-ish solo near the end, too. Two of the set's other biggest standouts include "The Glass Slide," with has pulsing, throbbing bass work; and "Winter Is Coming Soon" which marries Slayer-esque guitar licks with blistering, breakneck drumming, and tosses in an interesting -- if somewhat out of place -- mid-song symphonic breakdown for good measure, too.

"Eclipse" marks a huge musical and creative step forward for Veil Of Maya from the rather unremarkable, monotonous, and all-around generic deathcore heard on 2010's "ID." And, not only that, it is also the best album in this band's discography (which, granted, is still quite young); and one of the finer technical death metal/grind records you are likely to find in all of 2012. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa38600) out of 5 stars Very short disjointed sounding album May 13 2013
By Michael M Mena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Veil of Maya may be an interesting and creative band but here I just feel like the album is too short and disjointed. I'm lukewarm on this whole style of metal, but from what I've read the two albums proceeding this one, "id" and "The Common Man's Collapse" are better representations of their music. I checked this band out mainly because I was seeing Parkway Drive at the TLA in Philly and Veil of Maya was one of the supporting acts. This album did nothing to get me excited about seeing the band and I only ended up catching part of their set in concert anyway. I may give their other albums a chance sometime in the future, but I won't be going out of my way to anytime soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa113412c) out of 5 stars Awesome CD.. May 1 2012
By K. Boren - Published on Amazon.com
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this CD is amazing.. Veil of Maya was an amazing band from The Common Man's collapse, and even better now. they've come a long way. And with help with producing the album as well as the guitar work from Periphery's guitarist, its even better. been listening to this CD nonstop for like 3 weeks. you won't regret this buy!

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