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LEAVING YOUR BODY MAP

Maudlin Of The Well

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.19 | 242 ratings

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5 stars motW has caught my attention shortly after I've experienced (I ain't dare to say 'listened to') KAYO DOT stuff. I've checked 'Bath' and it has left me impressed. I've purchased 'Leaving your Body Map', and soon it has become one of my favouritest albums.

But nothing is easy. The first song I liked here was as you may guess 'Sleep is a Curse'. Gentle and moody, with unconventional approach to chord progressions, with awesome violins-driven coda, it has become my favourite pretty soon. It seemed so different from other album tracks, that I had hard times listening to them. But later I noticed that two more favourities appeared alongside with 'SiaC' - they were interludes 3 and 4. The more I listened to them the better album it seemed. So I began to emphasize on heavier tracks then. My Doom-Metal past has helped me a lot with it, and soon I felt no troubles with getting into the whole record. Need I say that I've fell in love with it shortly after?

This album is diverse and eclectic, it's truly progressive and avant. But fortunately it has deep emotional side, unlike most avant bands which seem to be keen on amount of dissonant notes played at once. It's built like a layered rollpie, with mystical 'Stones of October Sobbing' and 'Monstrously Low Tide' framing it, heavy 'Gleam in Ranks' and 'Riseth He, the Numberless' epic, doomy 'Bizarre Flowers / A Violent Mist' and 'A Curve That To An Angle Turn'd' and airy interludes. 'Sleep is a Curse' serves as a central point of it all, as a starting place for all other tracks, disregarding the order in which you'll be playing them. Amazing, awesome album, one of the few perfectly balanced flawless records the world has ever faced. And you know what? MAUDLIN OF THE WELL were far better than KAYO DOT, I think. But that's just me. Highly recommended! A Must!

Prog-jester | 5/5 |

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