maudlin of the Well
Bath


4.0
excellent

Review

by BibiloBombus USER (6 Reviews)
May 12th, 2016 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Creation isn’t beautiful. You inspire the ugliest things.”

For years it seems, the spirit of heavy metal and it's creative process have been completely separated from one another.

Contrary to popular belief, heavy metal spanned far beyond burning down churches and antagonizing The 700 Club. Metal was about channeling one's creative process when it was so much easier not to do so. It was about viciously racking one's brain for musical ideas when society was lobotomizing us.

Such an attitude is lost on the metal acts of today, whether it's Ozzy Osbourne trying to reclaim his legacy or some nobody trying to do it for him. You can’t really blame them, though. The “style” of metal is historically a static phenomenon, with its identity in recent times amounting to nothing more than “not rock and roll.” The reality is that metal devolved into what it claimed to hate: stale, tiresome, pre-packaged fluff that operates under pre-established musical convention. It would seem that the only way to successfully defy the cliches of metal would be to leave the surface world entirely.

So that’s exactly what Maudlin of the Well did.

Bath’s saving grace is that it’s incredibly fluid and organic, effectively recreating the stream of consciousness it was born out of. While the music sometimes harkens back to the cleanly-chopped instrumental passages of progressive rock groups like Gentle Giant, it’s pleasantly defiant all the less, whether it’s the hypnotic and crushing nature of the repetitive riffs that pop up over “They Aren’t All Beautiful,” (Indicating a disturbance in said stream of consciousness) or the effectively out-of-place organs that appear in “The Ferryman” (Functioning as a parody of modern metal).

The concept of astral projection in order to compose music is admittedly silly, but it could only exist in a genre that, for all intents and purposes, is about rising above your peers and dominating in your creative spaces. With Bath, Maudlin of the Well invented a new form of spirituality in heavy music; One that transcends a certain ritual involving pot, headphones, a standard-tuned guitar with a distortion pedal, and Metallica’s first four albums.

“Creation isn’t beautiful. You inspire the ugliest things.”



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FadedSun
May 12th 2016


2321 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You talked more about the state of modern metal rather than what Bath actually sounds like, save for a paragraph about a couple songs.

Pavera
May 12th 2016


177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the organs on The Ferryman are awesome and perfectly placed





MeatSalad
May 12th 2016


17493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awful review

Avagantamos
May 12th 2016


7150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you wrote 4 sentences about the album

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Comatorium.
May 12th 2016


4913 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

didnt even read the review but this is the best thing Driver's ever had his fingers in and im HYPE for the new KD. Let those synthesizers wash over me, baby.

2InchDethWish
May 12th 2016


241 Comments


5 THIS OR DERP

teamster
May 15th 2016


5182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrong. Vaura is the best thing Driver has his fingers in.

teamster
May 15th 2016


5182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol, yes way, I guess u don't remember the 80's, that's why u think that. It's cool tho ;)

FadedSun
May 16th 2016


2321 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Vaura? I mean, they have some good songs, but I wouldn't call any of their albums classic.

teamster
May 16th 2016


5182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I simply said , emphatically , Vaura is Toby Drivers best project. IMO of course ;)



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