Perhaps inspired by their previous release 2015’s Matriarch, Veil of Maya have brought their new record firmly into the light of the concept. Keeping his cards close to his chest vocalist Lukas Magyar was guarded regarding the subject matter. Revealing that our story centres itself around the rise of an evil character with some pretty dire consequences.
The opening gambit of “Lull” and “Fracture” brings a sense of the cinematic immediately to the fold. Nevertheless the signature choppy rhythms of Okubo are brought forward with sections on the higher register giving the effect of being inside a robot that was breaking down, alongside some Sci-Fi sounding special effects. My problem with Veil of Maya has always been the fact that, really the band don’t have a big distinction between any of the other Djent bands out there. Thankfully this idea seems to have been quelled with some of the records finest moments not being the predictable chop style guitar parts but huge choruses. The likes of “Overthrow” capitalising now on the use of Magyar’s vocal ability gives the band an edge over the peers with some absolutely massive choruses.
Nevertheless there are elements of the album that seem as though the band perhaps ran out of ideas. The Meshuggah worship that is “Pool Spray” contains riffs that are almost stock in the catalogue of Metal nowadays. Instead the likes of “Manichee” is far more interesting a punchy, more positive sound that works far better with Magyar’s range and a perfect precursor into the most interesting track on the record. Acting almost as a form of ballad “Citadel” is by and far Veil of Maya at their best on the record here. Exploring not only the possibilities of Magyar’s vocals but in terms of songwriting the band push themselves slightly further than perhaps they might have done previous.
As the record comes to its climactic conclusion the likes of “Tyrant” see the return of this metallic riffing appear once more with some interesting little elements of electronica. Before the finale of “Livestream” seeing all of the components put together in the band in a cinematic blow. False Idol might not be the revolutionary Metal album that you were looking for but there are elements that make it worth a listen but it stumbles over itself with a frustrating sense of repetition, Veil of Maya can push themselves even further and perhaps this is just their step towards that. Hardly a misstep but not a monumental leap.