Well, whether you like to call it Djent or now, the guitar playing is absolutely astonishing, the skill of Mark Okubu in being simultaneously melodic, intricate and brutal in his in-your-face riffing insanity. Songs like Punisher and the delirious Enter My Dreams show this without any great difficulty and hearing complex guitar picking with a variation in time-switch signatures accompanying an array of meaty breakdowns shows the groups skill in adding a little more brainpower and class to music that is supposed to serve as a cue to senseless violence.
And amongst all this skull smashing musical bludgeoning, and deathcore breakdowns, there's also an underlying grace to be found in this album. Sweeping behind the metallic madness lay ethereal soundscaping. Tracks like Divide Paths and the instrumental title track use this to make the music much more beautiful in it's craft, while the sludgier The Glass Slide and epic closer With Passion and Power makes the whole track atmospherically more ominous and bleak, a feeling that is only elevated by the monstrous growls of Brandon Butler.
So with their musical ideas being set on epic in terms of brutality, complexity and melodic power, Veil of Maya have created an album of undeniable force and solidity with Eclipse. It's an album that meets polar opposites in it's playing. It can be simultaneously ambient and brutal. It can be filled with juddering deathcore assaults and be graceful sounding. It's the most artful that technical death metal has been made to sound. Long live Djent!!!!
Veil of Maya's Eclipse is out now via Sumerian Records. The band will tour the UK in May with Betraying the Martyrs, Vildhjarta, Structures and Volumes.