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Maudlin Of The Well


Experimental/Post Metal

4.22 | 706 ratings

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4 stars For those looking here for a good metal album, this isn't it. It's a lot of things for sure, but it definitely isn't metal, apart from a few moments. Still, it is quite the album with many redeeming qualities.

While metal may not be the perfect description for this, it contains wonderful blends of jazz, post-rock, classical, and has enormous amounts of experimentation. Mia Matsumiya lays out many beautiful melodies on violin, especially in the second and third tracks. The piano has some gorgeous moments as well, and Toby Driver delivers strong, fitting vocals.

While this is a wonderful album musically, my main gripe with it is the fact it often seems to lack emotion. There are sad moments, angry moments, and a happy moment on one occasion, but nothing really comes off as true emotion to me, and this album seems to beg for it. There are also some parts that end a little later than they should. Also, if you're looking for an energetic album, I wouldn't look here, as it is mostly a relaxing album.

While I'm not sure of it's status as a metal album, it certainly isn't a weak album at all. Definitely worth a buy, and unlike some of Toby's other work, you don't need to be a metalhead for this one. Recommended to any post-rock fans or fans of experimental music.

DisgruntledPorcupine | 4/5 |


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