I am going to just say this right now, Southern California deathcore is the best deathcore. Now I might be a little biased, being that I am from Southern California. But the fact remains that the best deathcore bands come from So Cal. Some of the seminal deathcore bands that came from there include Suicide Silence, Impending Doom, As Blood Runs Black, Winds of Plague, Carnifex and much more. There is also some great up and coming bands coming from Souther California. These bands include So This is Suffering, Goliath, Aristeia, Legends Shall Fall, Genocide District, and much more. Beneath the Veil is one of these up and coming So Cal deathcore bands, and they are ready to take over with their third release, Omega.
I have been a fan of this band ever since I saw them live at California Metalfest back in 2011. Their first EP, The Movement, remains as one of my favorite EP’s of all time. In 2012, they released Circle City, which I thought was a step down from The Movement EP. After a hiatus in 2013 the band is now back and better than ever. Omega is just a juggernaut of a deathcore EP. This EP hits you over the head like it was Mjölnir. Omega is exponentially heavier than anything the band has released in the past and it absolutely works.
This EP is straight-up deathcore to a tee. There really is no technicality to Omega. It kinda sounds like Infant Annihilator and Lorna Shore but if you took away the technicality and fast tempo away from both of them. The band sounds a lot like Black Tongue than anything. That is one part of the band that I am a little bitter about is that they sound totally different from what they sounded like on The Movement. On that EP, they were more fast-paced and had melodic riffs that was also combined with bone-crushing breakdowns. Since then they have somewhat stripped down their sound and focused on just the heaviness. And because of that, they lose some of the creativeness they had. I do think, however, that they have found their sound on this EP and it is fantastic.
The production on this EP is really good as you can hear and feel the crunch of the guitars and the boom of the 808’s. The guitars have improved since the last EP as they offer a little more variety. The breakdowns are absolutely crushing and ones that you will see on an underground deathcore breakdown video on YouTube. The vocals compliment the heaviness of the music perfectly. It mostly consists of lows but also throws in some hardcore-style shouts. The guest vocals of Nick Arthur from Molotov Solution on “Revolution” and Riggs from Kingmaker on “Outcast” are perfect. The breakdown on “Outcast” when Riggs joins in is especially noteworthy. What is also noteworthy is the final song on the EP, which is the title track. It is eight minutes long and when I first saw it I thought that Beneath the Veil had gone progressive. I will not spoil it here but I will say that the last four minutes of “Omega” is one of the greatest things I have ever heard from a deathcore song.
Omega is a major step up from Beneath the Veil’s previous EP, Circle City. It still does not beat The Movement but this is already the deathcore release to beat in 2014. For me, this release has put Beneath the Veil into elite straight-up deathcore company along with Drag the Lake, Lorna Shore, and Infant Annihilator. Omega is name your price on bandcamp so you know what to do.
For Fans Of: Black Tongue, Lorna Shore, Infant Annihilator, Genocide District, Dweller