Fans gathered in rapt attention to see Veil of Maya at Warped Tour long before they took the stage. Lukas Magyar (Vocals), Marc Okubo (Guitar), Dan Hauser (Bass), and Sam Applebaum (Drums) did not disappoint as they detonated the crowd with the first note. The Chicago rockers delighted the audience with old favorites and songs from their most recent album, Matriarch, released in 2015.
Music has endless possibilities. For Magyar, music is a never ending journey that began long ago, but still has far to travel. He said, “Think about the past origins of music and where it truly came from. You know, none of us were there the first time someone sang a note, or the first time someone invented a machine that made noise. I wish I knew more about that. And also, I’m interested in where music is going in the next couple hundred years. The evolution of it, in just the past couple of decades has been immaculate, it’s just like infinite.” He went on to explain, “It’s fun, because there are only so many chord progressions, only so many notes, but eight billion people can sit down and write a song and it’s going to be eight billion different songs. And that’s amazing, because we’re all using the same tools to a degree.” Music is exciting for Magyar and with new sounds, new instruments, and more being developed every day is an avenue for new genres and sounds that appeal to the music lover in all of us.
Music is alive. Magyar would consider a song finished when it is flawless, however, a musician will always finds flaws – even in music that listeners affirm to be perfect. In describing when the song is complete, he said, “I guess it’s just when all that empty space has something beautiful in it and you can’t imagine anything else being there.” With endless possibilities for change, each song comes alive in the interpretation.
Music grows. Tracing the progression of Veil of Maya through the last decade, it is fascinating to see the progression of their music. Each album offers something new and intriguing for listeners. The addition of clean vocals is a stunning contrast to the commanding screams, once more demonstrating that Veil of Maya continues to expand their musical horizons. In a male-dominated genre, it is impressive that strong female characters in video games, movies, and television were the inspiration for Matriarch. Though the songs are not directly based on any specific character, the overall influence of powerful, strong women comes through in the music. From the breathtaking instrumental title track to the monster metal songs that follow, Matriarch shows how much Veil of Maya has grown over the years.
Signed to Sumerian Records, catch the Veil of Maya live performance on Warped Tour this year and prepare to be enthralled.