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BATH

Maudlin Of The Well

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.16 | 216 ratings

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Alitare
5 stars The forebears of mysterious psychedelic metal.

I don't know what to tell you about this album, really. I love it, that is for sure. One of my favorite albums of all time, and roughly as enjoyable to me as Leaving Your Body Map.

First off, the album follows the "opeth" with benefits style of soft and lush post rock acoustics, and deranged and dirty, but so very masterful death/extreme metal segments. There are interludes set for atmospheric softness, and each song is highly avantgarde and experimental.

Opener The Blue Ghost/Shedding Qliphoth has some very Pink Floyd inspired sounds, and builds very nicely, until near the end as the song twists violently to meld with the next song, They Aren't all Beautiful, which features some superb extreme. The guitar lines are fantastic, and the playing is amazing, and composition, I'd almost believe they obtained it all from astral projection and lucid dreaming.

The songs to come follow unpredictable and intense drifts from extreme to soft, pretty and ugly. It all swirls together so vividly, the lyrics are cryptic and poetic in a vibrant manner. The interludes are soft almost indie rock style pieces, and offer to give the album a stellar atmosphere.

Geography closes the album on what might possibly be its prettiest moment. Soft and emotional, lush and powerful, even with acoustics. The lyrics evoke inspiring scenery, and the restrained playing is a musical blessing to me.

I can't recommend this album to everyone, but I can't say it is anything but a masterpiece, I am just not sure what kind of masterpiece. I get so much emotional enjoyment from this release, and it hits me, wave after wave of amazing aural beauty, The atmosphere is no less than staggering, and I can't complain for anyone about anything other than the fact that two so very different main themes are used within the album. Essential? Not for quite a few people, I'd wager, but it is essential to me.

Best Song - Couldn't tell you

Worst Song - Couldn't tell you

***** confused stars

Alitare | 5/5 |

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