Veil Of Maya is known for being in their own category of unique, highly technical and gut-wrenchingly heavy metal. They took their talents on the road this Summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival where they’ve been blowing the minds of new and longstanding fans across the United States. Recently, on August 2nd, I was lucky enough to catch up with Veil Of Maya’s vocalist Brandon Butler and guitarist Marc Okubo at Mayhem Festival in Scranton, PA. After tearing it up on the Sumerian Stage, these progressive deathcore giants took the time to talk with me about what’s next for the band, swap some crazy stories and even share a secret or two.
Suicide Silence did their thang at Mayhem Festival in Toronto; I was stoked to hear them live with Eddie fronting the band. These guys know how to rock out, and they can get a crowd going wild.
I haven’t seen Emmure in nearly a decade, I was pumped to be able to see their set and shoot it. A huge crowd was waiting before their set even began, and the photo pit filled up fast. Emmure put on an amazing show; these dudes have amazing stage presence. I still don’t know how Frankie was able to wear that windbreaker and long-johns without passing out from the heat.
Probably the most anticipated act playing this year’s Mayhem Festival is Body Count. The Los Angeles band, fronted by Ice-T, played some old favorites and a few songs off the recently-released Manslaughter album.
Showing off new vocalist Eddie Hermida, Suicide Silence gave the crowd an arresting performance in the desert heat. No stranger to Mayhem, the Southern California deathcore band was welcomed by the multitude who came to hear the heavy shit.