Veil of Maya
|Veil of Maya|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Genres||Deathcore, metalcore (later)|
|Past members||Timothy Marshall
Matthew C. Pantelis
Veil of Maya is an American deathcore band, formed in Chicago, Illinois by members Marc Okubo and Sam Applebaum in 2004. The group is currently signed to Sumerian Records, have released four full-length studio albums and are considered to be a contributor in the "djent" scene. The name of the band is derived from the Hindu illusion, Maya. The band originally employed multiple guitar players, but since 2007 Okubo has been the sole guitarist.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Videography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Formation and demo (2004–2006)
Veil of Maya formed in 2004 in Chicago, Illinois after melodic death metal band Insurrection broke up, which led members Marc Okubo (lead guitar), Sam Applebaum (drums) and Kris Higler (bassist) to start up the new project. Guitarist Timothy Marshall and vocalist Adam Clemans 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 were a six-piece band with three guitarists, but this only lasted for a few months before both Marshall and Okarma left the band. Bryan Ruppell replaced them both on rhythm guitar thus reverting their lineup back to five members.
All Things Set Aside and The Common Man's Collapse (2006–2009)
With this five member line-up, the band recorded, self-produced and released their debut full-length album All Things Set Aside through Corrosive Recordings in 2006. In early 2006 vocalist Clemans and guitarist Ruppell left the group leading Veil of Maya to enlist the help of then-20 year old Brandon Butler, former vocalist of the Christian metal band Iscariot. The band also decided not to search for a new rhythm guitarist, thus leaving Veil of Maya as a four piece.
In January 2008, after heightened exposure from interviews and successful tours, Veil of Maya signed with Sumerian Records. Sumerian manager Shawn Keith and founder Ash Avildsen were both reportedly very ecstatic about the partnership. Veil of Maya's second album, The Common Man's Collapse was recorded with Butler in 2008 and released the same year. Shortly after the album release, the band parted ways their original bassist Kristopher "Kris" Higler in 2009, and was replaced by Matthew Pantelis, formerly of Born of Osiris.
[id] and Eclipse (2010–2012)
After their second album's release, the following several months held extensive touring before the writing and recording for the group's third full-length, [id] began. [id] was released on April 6, 2010, and reached number 107 on the Billboard 200. The band worked again with producer Michael Keene from The Faceless for this album, who previously produced The Common Man's Collapse. The album's name was derived from the main character of the PlayStation game Xenogears; the album itself also holds several concepts and references to other topics in popular culture, especially television shows.
After the release of [id], Pantelis as well left the band, which led to Danny Hauser replacing him in 2010; the band's current bassist. On January 13, 2012, Sumerian Records released a teaser for Veil of Maya's most recent album, Eclipse. On January 17, the single "Vicious Circles" was released onto the iTunes Store. Eclipse was then released on February 28, 2012 and was produced and co-written by Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor.
On November 11, 2013 the band has released a digital-only single, Subject Zero, with a lyric video uploaded on YouTube two weeks earlier, on September 30, 2013.
Recording of new album and Butler's departure (2013–2014)
Veil of Maya announced in 2014 that they had finished writing the follow-up to Eclipse and were recording with Taylor Larson of From First to Last. However, progress was stopped as long-time vocalist Brandon Butler left the band, citing creative differences with his bandmates. Butler moved on to join a band named Lost Origins, which features former members of I Declare War.
Magyar's arrival and Matriarch (2014–present)
At Knotfest 2014, Veil of Maya were seen performing with a new, unidentified vocalist. On January 1, 2015 it was announced that Arms of Empire vocalist Lukas Magyar joined the band replacing the departed Butler. At the same time, the band released a new single, "Phoenix".
Shortly after the announcement, the band headed out on the "Slow Your Troll and Know Your Role" tour with Upon a Burning Body, Volumes, Stray From The Path, Gideon and The Last Ten Seconds of Life. They also took part in the Ashes to Ashes European Tour with Chelsea Grin, Oceans Ate Alaska and Black Tongue (Black Tongue pulled out within the first few shows due to an injury sustained by frontman Alex Teyen).
On March 23, 2015, Veil of Maya officially announced their new album, Matriarch, along with releasing a new single "Mikasa." The album was released on May 12, 2015 through Sumerian Records. The album is Lukas's first release with the band. Matriarch represents somewhat of a departure from the band's previous releases, being the first to incorporate clean vocals and with less of a focus on technicality. As a result it met with mixed reception from fans of the band.
- Studio albums
- All Things Set Aside (2006)
- The Common Man's Collapse (2008)
- [id] (2010)
- Eclipse (2012)
- Matriarch (2015)
|Title||Year||Director||From the album|
|"It's Not Safe to Swim Today"||2009||Andrew Palaski||The Common Man's Collapse|
|"20/200 // Divide Paths"||2013||–||Eclipse|
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- "A METALSUCKS WORLD PREMIERE: VEIL OF MAYA’S "NAMASTE"". MetalSucks. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
- Veil Of Maya Finishes New Album "Eclipse", Set To Embark On Tour
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- "Veil Of Maya Part Ways With Vocalist Brandon Butler". Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- Childers, Chad (September 29, 2014). "Ex-Veil of Maya Frontman Brandon Butler Comments on Split". Loudwire. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "Ex-Veil Of Maya Frontman Brandon Butler Joins Lost Origins (Ex-I Declare War)". The PRP. February 23 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015. Check date values in:
- "Veil of Maya recruit Arms Of Empire singer". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
- "Veil of Maya Announce New Vocalist + Unleash New Song". Loudwire. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
- "BLACK TONGUE Vocalist Fell From Moving Tour Bus After Mistaking Exit For A Bathroom". Metal Injection. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "Veil has Risen". http://www.veilhasrisen.com/. Sumerian Records. Retrieved 23 March 2015.