Few albums are as influential to modern progressive metal and progressive-leaning death metal as Cynic’s Focus was. An album ahead of its time upon its 1993 release, it was an impressive performance overall from everyone involved – especially the underrated bassist Sean Malone. Seriously, this record is a bass lovers dream, as his work is featured prominently in every track. Surely he was a big influence on Mudvayne bass player Ryan DeMartinie.
Currently on tour supporting The Devil Wears Prada, progressive metal band Veil Of Maya have released their 6th album, False Idol, which can be streamed below. It’s VOM’s longest album yet, clocking in at 45 minutes and 13 songs, and boasts some of their most technically impressive material yet – especially exciting tracks like “Livestream”.
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Our photojournalist Savannah Rowley recently attended the Orlando date of the No Sun, No Moon Tour featuring The Devil Wears Prada, Veil of Maya, Silent Planet, and Thousand Below. The tour is about halfway through, you can get tickets for upcoming dates here.
Thousand Below opened up the show. Originating from San Diego, CA this is only the band’s second tour. Playing songs such as “Never Here” and “Tradition” off of their recently released album The Love You Let Too Close. The band warmed up the crowd for the acts to follow.
6 albums into their career, progressive metalcore band Veil Of Maya have proven themselves to be a solid, occasionally spectacular outfit. 2015’s Matriarch was the band’s most successful venture yet, hitting the #58 position on the Billboard Top 200, as well as the arrival of new vocalist Lukas Magyar. The album was a bit polarizing due to the use of singing for the first time on any VOM album, but by all accounts that album cycle was a success.
The band’s 6th full-length album, False Idol, drops October 20th – and now the band has premiered a new song off the album, “Overthrow”. You can check out the track below.