Maya Malice
Sanction


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (631 Reviews)
October 31st, 2023 | 20 replies


Release Date: 10/30/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crunkcore is saved again.

Maya Malice once again brings crunkcore to the limelight, but this time with her sophomore album. It’s surprising that crunkcore is not as large as scenecore is these days. If you’re not sure of the difference between the two genres, Maya’s YouTube video methodically tears apart scenecore to explain why it’s not scene music. [1] However, there’s no question whether crunkcore is OG scene music. Simply put: scenecore is a newer phase of music, and crunkcore originated from the MySpace era, where the scene started and was propelled in the first place. We live in a time when the Rawring20s is trending, so it’s important to understand the difference between the two genres. Too many kids these days are mistaking scenecore for the original crunky sound of crunkcore, which is a completely different sound. Whereas scenecore is a distorted, glitchy hybrid between nightcore and hyper pop, crunkcore is electro pop and hip-hop with screams.

Maya Malice is one of the few crunkcore artists actively making albums, and collaborating with others to “keep the scene alive”. That’s well and good, but the music itself needs to be good to catch anyone’s attention. While Maya is clearly a Bandlab artist, the distinctly basic synths and patterns used hearken back to MySpace days more than anything. It’s akin to a fever dream, but this one comes with catchy tunes. Chorus after chorus come marching in, sounding influenced by late 90s pop. The Habit has one of the best hooks to sink in skin.

Sanction didn’t need to include so many featured artists for the album to succeed, but the inclusion is welcome. The triple threat from three extra artists brings well needed variety to an otherwise predictable album. Dart Darling brings her party girl attitude, RamberryReagan (an unnamed artist) brings a powerful singing voice in the chorus of Designated Driver. I (of course) bring polished growls, rapping and singing to the final track. The featured artists steal the show in their respective inclusions, giving the album an extra dose of global unity towards crunkcore, and thus a heightened sense of importance.

Sanction is catchier than it has any right to be. Maya Malice stays within a comfortable range with her singing, but she absolutely spanks it. Her uniquely deep voice carries gravity and clarity with every note, reminiscent of Amy Lee. This is crunkcore though, and the moment the music feels settled is when blistering screams come forth from the same voice box. Still, Maya’s music is the electro pop form of crunkcore, utilizing triumphantly loud synth notes in each song, and hammered drums. Maya wants you to dance, and if you don’t dance by the final track, you may be dead.

Crunkcore has come a long way from how it used to be perceived. Whereas most of the pioneers of the genre were seen as obnoxious originally, Maya is the opposite. Maya invites her listeners for a smorgasbord of sounds, judgement free. Everyone is welcome to the table of crunkcore, even *gasps* scenecore lovers. Maya Malice may not be a big name yet, but if this so-called “crunkcore revival” continues to grow, she should be considered as one of the few leaders.

In the end, we have an album that doesn’t stumble often. The melodies are persistently easy on the ears, and the beats continue banging. Maya’s rendition of crunkcore may sound a little basic, but sometimes simplistic is the best route. It’s proved here, with songs having an easy flow that could easily fit on the radio. Maya makes the genre surprisingly accessible and reachable to all types of ears, which seems to be a common theme amidst today’s crunkcore. This is not an album to miss, regardless of your feelings towards the genre.

Sources:
[1] https://youtu.be/1TxiiGWCMXc?feature=shared



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
October 31st 2023


27363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrote this early this morning. I’m gonna need a nap. X_X

Mort.
October 31st 2023


25669 Comments


huh, doesnt look like the british nu rave scene to me


Hawks
October 31st 2023


89540 Comments


This looks like the worst album ever made ahrd.

pizzamachine
October 31st 2023


27363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Mort: I’ll get there XD

@ Hawks: I’m featured on a track so stfu dawg

Hawks
October 31st 2023


89540 Comments


Lmaoooo

pizzamachine
October 31st 2023


27363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I make that track heat btw

DocSportello
October 31st 2023


3388 Comments


damn gotta check dis stat

bellovddd
October 31st 2023


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

crunk is back

pizzamachine
October 31st 2023


27363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GET CRUNK YAOoOoOW

artificialbox
November 1st 2023


1933 Comments


your dedication to the crunkcore is my fav thing about you pizza

bellovddd
November 1st 2023


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

crunk is pizza.

pizzamachine
November 1st 2023


27363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@artificalbox: my favourite thing about u is that you’re not an asshole Sputnik user 😂



I have other collabs on SoundCloud. Let’s hope they keep coming 🫶🏻👏🤞🏻🕺🏻

botb
November 3rd 2023


18003 Comments


Not to be “that guy” or whatever but there’s gotta be something somewhere that says you can’t just review your own projects

pizzamachine
November 3rd 2023


27363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You are now “that guy”

bellovddd
November 3rd 2023


6443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OFFFT way to be 'that guy'

budgie
December 28th 2023


36505 Comments


"This looks like the worst album ever made ahrd."
"I’m featured on a track so stfu dawg "


holy fuck thats funny

Hawks
December 28th 2023


89540 Comments


LMAO ILY BUDG AND PIZZA

pizzamachine
December 28th 2023


27363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

😂

budgie
December 28th 2023


36505 Comments


"I make that track heat btw"

roger that ill make sure to skip it if i ever check this

pizzamachine
December 28th 2023


27363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your loss



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