Veil Of Maya, Mastiff, & Sonic Assault Added To Avatar’s European/UK Tour

Veil Of Maya will be serving as direct support on Avatar’s upcoming European/UK tour. Mastiff and Sonic Assault will also appear on select dates.

Tour Dates:

With Mastiff:

01/08 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
01/09 Manchester, UK – Academy
01/10 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
01/12 Wolverhampton, UK – KK’s Steel Mill
01/13 Bristol, UK – SWX
01/14 Southampton, UK – 1865
01/15 London, UK – O2 Forum

With Sonic Assault:

02/12 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
02/14 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
02/15 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage
02/16 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
02/17 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
02/18 Madrid, SPA – Kapital
02/19 Lisbon, POR – LAV
02/21 Bordeaux, FRA – Le Rocher Palmer
02/22 Geneva, SWI – Alhambra
02/23 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
02/24 Vienna, AUT – Simm City
02/25 Brno, CZE – Sono Centrum
02/26 Munich, GER – Freiheitshalle
02/27 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
02/28 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
03/01 Berlin, GER – Columbia Theater
03/02 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
03/03 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
03/04 Tilburg, NET – O13
03/10 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
03/11 Stockholm, SWE – Fallan
03/12 Malmo, SWE – Slagthuset

Marc Okubo Says Veil Of Maya Deleted Most Of The New Album They Recorded In 2019

Veil Of Maya guitarist Marc Okubo has offered an update on the new album that the band recorded in 2019. According to him, a majority of that material has since been deleted:

“We made a new album in 2019. Because of the actions of certain individuals, it left a bad taste in our mouth and we didn’t think it was worth salvaging. We have deleted the majority of it and have been recording material that we are more happy with. Now we’re on tour. 💚”

Veil Of Maya Premiere “Outrun” Video

Veil Of Maya have premiered a new video for their new song “Outrun.” Lukas Magyar said the following about that track:

“‘Outrun‘ is extra special to us because it’s something we haven’t done before and we weren’t trying too hard to make something different. It just came together organically and we were all very pleased when it was complete.”

Polyphia To Replace Animals As Leaders On Dance Gavin Dance, Veil Of Maya, Etc. Tour

Animals As Leaders have dropped off their upcoming tour with Dance Gavin Dance, Veil Of Maya, Eidola, and Wolf & Bear. Polyphia will be taking their place. Animals As Leaders issued the following statement:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be withdrawing ourselves from the Dance Gavin Dance ‘Afterburner Tour‘. Apologies to any fans who were planning on seeing us on the tour, but we’ll be returning to all these cities on a scheduled headline tour with new music for next year.

Tour Dates:

09/07 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
09/08 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
09/10 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
09/11 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
09/13 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/15 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
09/16 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
09/17 Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis
09/18 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom
09/19 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
09/21 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
09/22 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
09/23 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
09/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/25 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
09/27 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
09/30 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
10/01 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
10/02 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
10/03 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/05 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
10/06 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
10/08 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
10/09 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/12 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
10/13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/14 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/15 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
10/16 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
10/18 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
10/19 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
10/20 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Dance Gavin Dance Postpone “Afterburner” Tour And “Swanfest” Once Again

Dance Gavin Dance have postponed their tour with Animals As Leaders, Veil Of Maya, Eidola, and Wolf & Bear once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now set to take place in fall 2021. On top of that, Dance Gavin Dance’s “Swanfest” at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, CA has now been postponed to April 23, 2022.

2021 Tour Dates:

09/07 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
09/08 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
09/11 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
09/13 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/15 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
09/16 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
09/17 Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis
09/18 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom
09/19 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
09/21 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
09/22 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
09/23 Toronto, ON – Rebel
09/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/25 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
09/27 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
09/30 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
10/01 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
10/02 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
10/03 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/05 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
10/06 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
10/08 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
10/09 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/12 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
10/13 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/14 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/15 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
10/16 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
10/18 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
10/19 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
10/20 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Dance Gavin Dance, Animals As Leaders, Issues, Etc. Tour Postponed To 2021

Dance Gavin Dance have postponed their tour with Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, and Wolf & Bear once again. The trek is now set to take place in spring 2021.

Tour Dates:

03/11 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
03/12 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
03/13 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
03/15 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
03/17 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
03/18 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
03/19 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/22 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
03/23 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
03/25 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
03/26 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
03/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/28 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/30 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
03/31 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
04/01 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
04/02 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
04/03 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
04/04 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
04/06 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/07 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
04/08 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
04/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/10 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04/12 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom
04/13 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
04/14 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
04/16 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
04/17 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
04/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center
04/21 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
04/22 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
04/24 Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park (‘Swanfest‘)

Dance Gavin Dance commented:

“It may come as no surprise, but we unfortunately need to postpone The Afterburner Tour and Swanfest until spring 2021. Current tickets will be valid for the newly announced dates. If you have further questions about your tickets please contact the original point of purchase.

We are looking forward to seeing you next year! In the meantime, stay safe, and keep your eyes open for any DGD related activity.”

Marc Okubo Says New Veil Of Maya Album Will Likely Be Released In Early 2021

During an appearance on MetalSucks‘ “Quarantine Cast,” Veil Of Maya guitarist Marc Okubo offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will likely be released in early 2021.

Okubo is still working on material for the record, but he said that he is kind of suffering writer’s block:

“For me, not everyone’s like this, but for me I like to be out and about. I like to see live music and get inspired by that or get inspired by my relationships and my friends and stuff. Without having that, even without having that energy in the room while I’m trying to write, it makes it a lot harder to believe in what I’m doing.

And also not knowing when concerts are going to come back is also not the most motivating thing, especially for this kind of music, this is music that’s meant to be played live. I grew up going to hardcore shows, and you don’t play that kind of music to sit in you room and meditate. It’s an aggressive, social thing.”

He also had the following to say about the group’s progress with the album:

“I was working in a studio last year on the album, and we were able to record skeletons of maybe like, eight songs, so it was kind of an incomplete album. And then we were going to finish after the tour, or on the tour and after the tour, and all this [the coronavirus pandemic] happened. So now it’s just kind of disenchanting to listen to it ’cause it’s not finished and I’ve already heard it a lot.

I mean, I guess right now I want to start from scratch and write as many new songs as I can and maybe go back and finish the old ones and have a lot of material. I guess that’s where I’m at right now.”

Okubo also had the following to say about the musical direction:

“I am feeling that remaining a heavy band is the move and kind of going back to our roots is the vibe. I know that there’s still going to be people that don’t like singing obviously, and I’m aware of it, but at the same time, we make a lot of new fans.

So I kind of want to have a few songs that do kind of have that technical death metal vibe that we used to, but at the same time I’d like to mix that into the progressive world as well.

I don’t know if going full radio rock is the move for us, I don’t think our fans will believe that. I know that it would be beneficial in some ways… trying to find a middle ground between all of that is what I’m working on.

But I feel like heavy is the move and if it’s catchy enough for radio, whatever, but that shouldn’t be the main focus of our songwriting.”

He then added the following about release plans:

“Realistically it will be very early next year just based off of everything that’s happening. Hopefully I have it written by the end of next month or so, that’s the goal. I can’t even play video games or watch TV cause I always feel like I’m supposed to be working on the album. I don’t like being pressured [laughs], I like hanging out and having it come… like [these songs] usually write themselves, you know what I mean? So I’m just out, hanging out with people and I’m like ‘Ah! Idea!’ And then, there it is.”