Review and photos: Dave Mondine additional photos Taneal Woodmancy
Veil of Maya have been quite busy lately it seems from headlining tours, supporting acts, and even writing a new album. But Pittsburgh has been beyond lucky to see the ever so thriving band play at Mr. Smalls not once, not twice, but THREE times this year. This would be show number two in Pittsburgh for them while on the “Rage Fest” tour with: Attila, Crown The Empire, HAWK, Gideon, and About That Life.
For a Sunday night in Pittsburgh, everyone came out to party and have a good time it seemed. From the first band onwards the venue was nothing but jam-packed so every band on the lineup ended up with a full venue to play for. VOM coming in as the fourth band to play that night kept it nice and professional while not wasting any time playing their set starting off with the classic song “Punisher” to really get the ball rolling. In a sense, it was actually pretty nice since less talking means more songs that could be played, and VOM was just on fire Sunday. From the constant touring they’ve been doing they have yet to show any signs of slowing down. Kind of makes you wonder how they even have time to write a new album at all yet they’re making it work it looks like.
Aside from cutting a few songs from their setlist compared to being the headlining band like last time, the set they played mostly consisted of songs off of their last two albums “Matriarch” and “False Idol.” That being said, both albums were with their latest vocalist Lukas who is still singing with the band, and also withholds the bands best material to date. After this tour is over, they jump right back on another tour with Periphery and (fingers crossed) more than likely back into the studio to finish their newest untitled album.