Sound — 10
I've been stumbling upon Veil Of Maya time upon time, but I've never took much interest. I've been a deathcore fan for a while, but it got way too repetitive, and I lost interest. When I picked up this album, I was amazed at how much it was different it was from other deathcore bands. It was head and shoulders over most of it's competition. The songs actually differ from one another, it's technical without sounding completely random, and it's melodic and brutal at the same time. It's just perfect. Everything is memorable. The sick tone of the guitar from Wounds, the melodic high riffs of It's Not Safe to Swim Today, and We Bow in It's Aura is probably my favorite song, I just can't even describe it. I also enjoy how they sometimes spice up the breakdowns with some background riffs, sometimes with a sick tone that makes it impossible to stop listen to.
Lyrics — 8
There lyrics are a bit above standard, but they're still nothing special. The themes vary and are once again better than the normal -core lyrics. Some of the lines rhyme and sound really good put together, like from Entry Level Exit Wounds, "Just wait there's more. More from this whore? Oh yes, there is... She ruined her kids." The lyrics are decent, the parts I can understand atleast. I'll leave the rest for the eggheads.
Overall Impression — 9
Veil Of Maya is hard to find these days, but wherever I do find it, it is critically acclaimed. I hope someday that they can be widely recognized for death metal bands. I think that some bands that are hogging up the spotlight are undeserving. Veil Of Maya has at least twice the talent, catchiness, and lyrics of most of those bands. I would definitely recommend this to any extreme metal band fan, deathcore or not. I hope to expect more material from this amazing band.