Maze of Sothoth
Soul Demise


3.0
good

Review

by Sabrutin USER (37 Reviews)
January 15th, 2017 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Open doors for the sheep of your god" - brutality doesn't preclude elegance.

The evergrowing number of extreme metal bands is nothing short than a double-edged weapon, when you decide to search for some new brutal death metal you are always assaulted by dozens of gory cover artworks and "shocking" band logos that more often than not have the only effect of making you sigh, knowing that what you see is likely half of the entire spectacle offered. There are exceptions, and Italian "newcomers" Maze of Sothoth are one of them. Despite the release of an EP in 2011, Soul Demise is the band's first full-length album and, by any means, a promising sign of things to come.

As superficial as it may sound, the band's presentation matters. So Soul Demise is presented with a splendid artwork, tasteful in its chaos (that white thing is a cathedral), and upon inspection one will notice that the lyrical content is far from most shock clichés. It's then with pleasure that one thing becomes fully clear when the music begins: Maze of Sothoth really know what and how they are writing. It would be understandable to dismiss the band as a simple Nile-meets-Morbid Angel affair, but it wouldn't be fair. These guys are good extreme metal songwriters. There are a few instances where it feels like there's a bit too much chugging, but the good far outweights the bad (which isn't actually bad).

One thing the band excels at is sheer entertainment. From the tragic tremolo serenades that open "Lies", the listener is instantly trapped in the maze. They can sapiently toy with the music, suddendly throwing in new short riffs and structural twists, or taking a little detour into doomy territory like in "At the Mountain of Madness", a song that sounds as Lovecraftian as the title implies. This good death metal ear makes every hook as hard hitting as it is catchy. In fact, with a slick 40 minutes runtime and a solid production job where the bassist (who's also the vocalist) has a definite presence and memorable bass lines, Soul Demise is quite an infectious album, its absolute star arguably being the earth-shaking but detailed drumming. There aren't any real faults on the band's side. It's "just" a good brutal death metal album with a personality of its own, undoubtedly a promising debut with "given" flaws like a certain sense of monotony (though I'm sure fans of the genre can turn it into a plus). If a Lovecraftian and anti-god take on bands like Nile sounds like your thing, absolutely don't miss Soul Demise.



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Sabrutin
January 15th 2017


5576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhAl40xySEo&list=PLxt04wsidxH4DgfCF1mUpYLaqgUziZpyB

Bandcamp stream / digital copy at €5: https://everlastingspewrecords.bandcamp.com/album/soul-demise

My highlights: "Lies", "The Outsider", "The Dark Passenger", "At the Mountain of Madness".

Not on Spotify last time I checked.



I wanted to write a simple review to keep in exercise. This album was a nice find, when I saw the band's logo I was kinda worried but it turned out sweet. Give it a little tweak to enhance the basses if you know a trustworthy eq, it makes wonders.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2017


11154 Comments


Even though not a big death metal fan, I really enjoyed the write-up. pos.

Also, it's a good thing that you're supporting the Italian scene.

Digging: Crucifixion (GBr) - Green Eyes

Sabrutin
January 15th 2017


5576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks! Even the label is quite new, it's their third CD release I believe. I'm surprised by the lasting power this album seems to have. The artwork stunned me but the logo looked menacing (and not the good "menacing"). Thankfully I found out the music has no cheesy breakdowns or overly corny segments.



If you decide to take a look I'd say avoid Seed of Hatred as an introduction. The song that got me hooked is The Outsider in its initial 30 seconds

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2017


11154 Comments


Sure, I'll jam The Outsider first thing tomorrow. Well, not first thing because I usually start listening to music around 8:30 in the morning and death metal isn't the best of choices at that hour, but at some point I'll check the song.

Sabrutin
January 15th 2017


5576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet, no pressure of course haha. Indeed I rarely listen to (too heavy) metal when I wake up really early, especially when it's as cold as it is now. Needs some "comforting" stuff

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2017


11154 Comments


Finally jammed the outsider and I have to admit that it's not my cup of tea. Somehow it felt that it lasted double its duration lol.

Sabrutin
January 21st 2017


5576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Truth be told it's not very well received on RYM, though the only "review" is a 3.5 too and it's similar to mine (songwriting over tech wankery). I'll take what I can!

BlazinBlitzer
January 31st 2017


1054 Comments


I can't see the appeal for this whatsoever, but I'm not gonna 1.5 a band with only 5 ratings.

Sabrutin
February 1st 2017


5576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm surprised myself.



5 ratings? Sweet



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