maudlin of the Well
Bath


4.5
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by joshmay USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 23 replies | 4,665 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Maudlin of the Well - Bath

The Blue Ghost/Shedding Qliphoth
A great song to start the album off, opens up with some nice harmonics and precedes to soft guitar playing for the next 6:40, with drums popping in at about 5 minutes. Just a little over a minute before the songs in, you realize that this is indeed a metal band, even though it took a while to get to it, and the heavy guitars rip in and you wonder what hit you. GREAT song. 5/5

They Aren't All Beautiful
More metallish. Starts in with a semi-muted guitar playing for a few measures and then you drop into a mind-blowing double bass frenzy that puts your brain in a blender and swallows it, only to regurgitate it back up into your skull at about 5:25. If it was that ten seconds longer this song would be the cause of many suicides, but it ends at just the right time. WONDERFUL. 5/5

Heaven and Weak
Cello starts out, pizzacato style. This showcases some great avant-garde of the band.Ggets you in the doh-dah-do-duhduhduh-dat groove, with guitars accenting every fourth beat...vocals start in at about 1:25 and are probably the worst vocals on the album but still are mind-blowingly perfect with the music. Synths, strings, and brass are fiddling around in key behind the vocals, and the vox are really ambient. At 3:02 ambient is still going, but now we have ambient metal going on, with heavy guitars and bass, though lowered to fit under the vocals. Guitar and vox solos compliment each other. At 4:30 you get a shredfest, with another deathmetal grind going on...vox kick back in at 5:32, this time going all rock style, and nice flanged cymbal/air effects swirl. At 6:00 it goes all soft again with really heavy drums still. Song ends in more grindfest. 4/5

Interlude 1
Nice acoustic strumming to begin with, and soft electric lead part over top. Lets you catch your breath between grindfests. A minute and a half of some of the best acoustic you'll ever hear. 4/5

The Ferryman
Starts out with typical scary church organ. Makes you think maudlin's gone all cliche until it hits the diminished chord, and then your faith is restored. Random drum work until about 1:30, and soft electric from interlude 1 comes in over more strumming...really groovin' stuff. At 2:30 something like a cheesegrater comes flying at your face and you wonder where the soft strumming pixies flew off too, and how these hellhounds with guitars took their place. Then an ambient synth hints in over the guitars and you realize that these sounds are coming from the little fellows that were playing the nice groove music. Organ and opera chanting kicks back in with the guitar at 4:30. Continues so until about 6:30 and then you hear nice sound FX/voices that sound surprisingly musical. 4/5

Marid's Gift of Art
Begins with sound effects tied in with the ferryman. Sounds like someone trudging through a wet cellar. You hear acoustic strumming and some sitar sounding drones fading in, and nice soft pretty male vocals initiate at 1:00. Alto sax( i think, maybe trumpet) solo at 2:00. Guitar solo afterwards. Very pretty song. 5/5

Girl With a Watering Can

More nice solo like the sax/trumpet one in the previous song, this time without accompaniment. This song is in a more minor key though. Guitar strumming. Now GORGEOUS female vocals...beautifully accented by cymbals. Continued with strings accenting until 4:00 when that beastly guitar drops in. girl continues enchanting you like nothing happens, the paradox tears your mind up but you fall in love with it. Guitars just shred on an on throughout song, as the girl eventually walked away or something and the guitars go crazy. 5/5

Birth Pains of Astral Projection

Nearly first three minutes are really pretty. Ambient, but upbeat. Never boring, always patterned. At 3:13 you are reminded this band can be as metal as it gets. Less grind metal this time. Pretty metal. Sounds dorian. Screamed screamed screamed vocals that pour passion into your soul. Passions continue as guitars go away, reappear, and finally fade out. This guy eventually lowers himself to saying his piece instead of screaming it, and the drums keep things moving. Fades out with some more heavy guitar. Then ambience. 4.6/5

Interlude 2
Starts off with more watery rhythm, then they showcase more avantgarde. Bass does a little dum---de dum---dum ---dedumdeum thing while guitar drones around, and strings flirt with you, accenting ends of measures. Chords change every 4th measure. Watery beat continues. Synth does overchords and a dehduh dehduhduh thing. Pretty. 4.8/5

Geography
Begins with pretty picked guitar and synth backing. Soft male vocals, Strumming ensues under soft vocals for 4 minutes, with drums and a moog solo popping up somewhere in there. Structured repetitively but keeps you listening. Vocals say alot. 4/5

Overall, this a must-listen. One of the better albums I have ever heard. Rivals kayo dot's "Choirs of the Eye" . And that is saying ALOT.

On a scale, I give this album a 4.98/5.:thumb:


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KazooVirtuoso
April 29th 2004


30 Comments


Great review, awesome album! :thumb:

If you haven't heard it yet, check out Leaving Your Body Map. It's hard to choose, but I slightly prefer it over Bath.

joshmay
April 29th 2004


28 Comments


my fruit psychobells is another GREAT album from maudlin. look for a review of it on here soon ;)

KazooVirtuoso
April 29th 2004


30 Comments


Yeah, that album rules too, but I like Bath and Leaving Your Body Map more.

Also, they have an untitled song that wasn't put on any albums you should look for. I think it was recorded when they did Bath/LYBM. It's usually labled as "untitled secret song". It brings the rock. I have a little mini-CD made by the band with it on it. :naughty:

DFelon204409
Emeritus
May 3rd 2004


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just heard the song "Blight of River - System" and holy god is it good. Suggest things for me!

KazooVirtuoso
May 4th 2004


30 Comments


[QUOTE=DFelon204409]I just heard the song "Blight of River - System" and holy god is it good. Suggest things for me![/QUOTE]

Birth Pains of Astral Projection
Gleam in Ranks
The Curve that to an Angle Turn'd
Girl With A Watering Can
Ferocious Weights

And by Kayo Dot, which is basically the same band:
The Manifold Curiosity
The Antique

But really, it's hard to go wrong with this band(s). Most of their songs are excellent.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
May 5th 2004


106 Comments


Nice review, i'll be sure to check them out. Are they alot like Winds? Winds also being a neo classical metal band.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 10th 2004


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I finally have this CD! Victory is mine!

Dancin' Man
August 30th 2004


719 Comments


It took me months but I finally found some on soulseek. Awesome band. Hardest to find ever. Even Amazon has nothing!

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 29th 2005


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Brilliant band. Nice work josh.

LordDargon
February 1st 2005


165 Comments


[quote=Fast Fingers]It took me months but I finally found some on soulseek. Awesome band. Hardest to find ever. Even Amazon has nothing![/quote]
I did a search on slsk and I got plenty of results. Queued, of course, but far from the hardest to find ever.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 1st 2005


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

They're probably all mx'ers who read this review though :p

superpeer
May 30th 2005


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually OWN this CD. :p

And yep, it's good.

pixiesfanyo
June 1st 2005


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Finally got this.

Great album.This Message Edited On 10.08.05

Dancin' Man
June 5th 2005


719 Comments


Update on this band - They don't plan on a repressing of the album and encourage fans to find it online. Kayo Dot has been found playing shows with the likes of Pelican and Dysrhythmia meaning very awesome sounding shows that I'd love to see.

Happymeal
June 7th 2005


330 Comments


KD signed with Robotic Empire *shock and amazement*

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 7th 2005


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow. Circle Takes The Square are on that label right?

Happymeal, that thing you said about Radiohead the other day "K. I'll check them on purevolume". That was the funniest thing I've read in ages. Just thought I'd tell you :p

Concubine
July 19th 2006


333 Comments


Damn, they're great. I need this album. Better start hunting.

Eliminator
December 13th 2006


2067 Comments


Yeah, this album is pretty sikk.

MediocreAtBest
February 9th 2008


1473 Comments


Wow no one loves The Ferryman

botb
February 9th 2008


9673 Comments


I really love every track on this cd.



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