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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. This time around, a captivating concept drives the quartet. "The whole album is told from a first-person perspective," vocalist Lukas Magyar explains. "You're following this character who's not the nicest man. He rises to power though...The storyline is very dark."
Guitarist Marc Okubo worked with producer Max Schad in one studio, while Magyar teamed with vocal producer Brandon Paddock in another. "Two studios working at the same time was a new approach for us," notes 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."
That difference stands out in Veil of Maya's marked sonic evolution. Every element is amplified: it's heavier, it's more hypnotic, and it hits even harder. Lead 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. Whether it's 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 Maya's most definitive work to date.