Veil of Maya is an American metalcore band, formed in Chicago, Illinois, by members Marc Okubo and Sam Applebaum in 2004. They are currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released six studio albums. Their first four albums are considered to be deathcore, but their fifth album, Matriarch, is considered to be metalcore. They have also been associated with djent. Veil of Maya formed in 2004 in Chicago, Illinois after melodic death metal band Insurrection broke up, which led members Marc (lead guitar), Sam (drums), and Kris (bassist) to start up the new project. Guitarist Timothy Marshall and vocalist Adam joined shortly thereafter. After recording a self-released demo in 2005, guitarist Scott Okarma briefly joined the group, participating in local shows and early touring. At this point, Veil of Maya was a six-piece band with three guitarists, but this only lasted for a few months before both Marshall, Adam, and Okarma left the band. Bryan Ruppell replaced them both on rhythm guitar thus reverting their lineup back to five members. Here are all of Veil of Maya’s albums ranked.
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6. All Things Set Aside (2006)
“Love me some Veil of Maya, but this is the humble beginnings. It is still good but they really perfected their sound going forward so this album really is not worth going out of your way for. I would start elsewhere and then work your way back.”
5. The Common Man’s Collapse (2008)
“This band is epic, progressive deathcore at it’s finest. This is one of the best deathcore releases ever, there isn’t a single song I wouldn’t want to listen to. It’s technical, brutal at times, and the breakdowns greatly remind me of Despised Icon. This is a great band and a great release. Any band named after a Cynic song is sure to be awesome”
4. Matriarch (2015)
“The album itself has a few high-points. The first two tracks kicked my ass when I first heard them and got me super hyped for the rest of the album. There may be more of a djent feel to these tracks than VoM’s earlier work, but guitarist Marc Okubo knows how to make the best of anything and managed to weave some intriguing and original riffs out of the style.”
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3. False Idol (2017)
“Everything about this album is solid. The instruments, the screams, the cleans, the lyrics, etc. I really enjoyed this album. The electronic music blends well with the metal instruments, and the quality of Lukas’ voice is solid.”
2. Eclipse (2012)
“In this album Veil of Maya move from a more tech-death deathcore sound to a very djenty guitar tone, with shorter, catchier songs and much improved production. The guitar tone is not as heavy and gritty as before, but there’s such melody and eerie beauty to the djent-sound (clearly an influence from Misha Mansoor being their producer) that it’s really not an issue.”
1. [id] (2010)
“To me this album mesmerized me as I listened to it. From the wonderful intro of [id](also the self titled track of the album) to the melodic, crushing instruments and vocals of Codex, this album is just purely amazing.”