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Progressive Metal • Sweden


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MAYADOME is a fantastic Swedish neo-classical progressive metal band. Their music is song-oriented with an abondance of time changes trying to go beyond their amazing creation of wonderful melodies, big orchestrations, and complex rhythm patterns. There are some DT influences, YES, or RUSH in their use of rhythm, but it's nonetheless impressive. They aren't a DT clone, bust just a prog metal band in that style. They have surpassed everything that DT has done in the last few years. MAYADOME are the perfect complement to DREAM THEATER, DIGITAL RUIN, SHADOW GALLERY, and PAIN OF SALVATION.

Their first album, "Paranormal Activity", is superb and style changes executed with astonishing musicianship. Very impressive album "Near Life Experience" is their latest offering and is a very successful piece of "traditional progressive metal" with complicated song structures, crunchy riffs and excellent keyboards. Combined with the strong vocals and melodies, the band has an awesome sound. "A true life experience of pure progressive metal paradise". A MUST!!!

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Near Life ExperienceNear Life Experience
Siegen Records 2010
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Paranormal ActivityParanormal Activity
Shrapnel 1996
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3.28 | 8 ratings
Paranormal Activity
1996
3.96 | 9 ratings
Near Life Experience
1999

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 Near Life Experience by MAYADOME album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.96 | 9 ratings

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Mayadome Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Mayadome from Sweden is one of unfairly forgotten progressive metal bands from the '90. With two albums under their belts this band got in that period lots of aclaimed critics and was loved byt he fans, but somehow they didn't make it in prog metal scene. Near life experience is the second offer from 1999 issued at small label Siegen Records. Well, I got this album for years in my collection somehow I've forgott I have it and because of that I didn't make a review so far. This is impressive progressive metal, quite original in places, this is not another DT clone as may someone expected, this is pure prog metal without influences from power metal or symphonic metal, is progressive metal of the highest calibre and I really love it. Complex arrangements with lots of tempo changes, absolutly impressive instrumental sections, here are some of the best druming parts I've ever heared on a prog metal band, very elegant chops, complicated and full of intresting moments. The guitar is awesome and really keeps the album on another level and in combination with keyboards this release is really something to have in your collection. The musicianship overall is tight and very strong on every piece, but specially on first 4 pieces who are the strongest from here, fascinating instrumental sections. Aswell this album has a new voice of Bassel Elharbiti, who fiting perfectly into this type of music. All in all tracks like Scent Of Lilac with jaw dropping vocal parts , Praise Me For I Have Sinned or Able to feel are real winners in prog metal scene of the '90. Is sad because they disbanded in 2000 after only 2 albums released , the head of the band and main composer Teddy Möller formed a couple of years later another band named Lock Vostok a progressive metal band with moderate succes since now.. I really love this album and because of that I'll give 4 stars easy and recommended for sure, one of the best little known prog metal albums ever.

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 Paranormal Activity by MAYADOME album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.28 | 8 ratings

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Review by Ovidiu

4 stars From Sweden came MAYADOME, in 1996 with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY,a very interesting and promissing prog metal band in the middle of the '90's!And this album had the effect of a bomb among other excellent albums released in the same period...I remember here bands like ,,,ALTURA...DALI'S DILEMA...HYDROTOXIN...EXISES...all gone now,unfortunatelly....What bringed new this album was a ferocious technicity combined with some very ambitious ideas and clever texts,all the amalgam resulted giving some pretty long songs and quite numerous moments of technical demonstration of the competent members of the band! PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is a long album of 72 minutes and of course,it's a little diluted,but in the end we realise that the compositions are outstanding ,most of all showing some amazing technique from the guys in the band!Double pedal rhythms provided by a monster drummer called TEDDY MOLLER-now in LOCH VOSTOCK, 2 inspired guitar players very good in solos and in rhythm passages too,an efficient bass player..and the weak link BJORN HOLMQUIST, a limited guy in his register,with a nasal voice and without great vocal capacities.Imagine an Ozzy Osbourne with a severe flu and throat problems!.I am sure,with a better vocalist,MAYADOME would have had other perspectives!Also,SHRAPNELRECORDS wasn't in it's best period there,the time of the guitar heroes albums was gone,the label were more orientated on blues and then was starting the new fusion sub label TONE CENTER! After this album Bjorn was replaced on NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE by a better vocalist ,but the band sadly splitted shortly due some numerous label problems,lack of support and other things!Overall what remains is a strong album of aggressive prog metal,with some memorable instrumental interventions,in DREAM THEATER style-era METROPOLIS.Just hear the middle section of MERCENARY and TRIFLES,or NEW WAYS OF EXISTENCE ,for example,they are breathtaking!For an album of more than 70 minutes,100 % we find here 50 excellent -10 mediocre and 10 weak!So,it's quite good for a first shot.The sign of vauue and resistance in time,ot the quality of an album is the fact that each time when I made an audition of this album I got the same pleasant feeling I had a14 years ago...and that says a lot!! 4,5 STARS for a remarcable debut album!

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 Paranormal Activity by MAYADOME album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.28 | 8 ratings

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Review by apps79
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3 stars This is a very interesting band with a very skillful debut.MAYADOME play the right progressive metal style,not power,not symphonic,not anything else,just pure progressive metal in the way we like it. ''Paranormal Activity'' contains some very interesting compositions from which I pick out ''Wait a minute'' (very powerful track that introduces the listener to the sound of the band),the self titled track as well as ''Triffles'' (great chorus)...The style of the band lies between DREAM THEATER (maybe a little bit heavier), especially in the keyboard solos and the heavy guitar style of playing, and FATES WARNING (this one refers to the great atmospheric breaks of the disc - and there are plenty of them!)...Unfortunately there are also some weak points as the voice of the singer (the vocals are something like a curse for prog metal bands) who's style of singing is mediocre without being annoying and I could also notice that the album gets lost in its own duration,maybe some tracks are too long or a couple of them shouldn't exist in the album...All in all,we have to deal with a 3-star recommended effort for those who love the traditional DREAM THEATER-ish progressive metal...

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 Near Life Experience by MAYADOME album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.96 | 9 ratings

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Review by dimensi_id

4 stars These Swedish Prog-Metallers went to ground for quite a lengthy time, and about a three year hiatus elapsed between their debut album ("Paranormal Activity", released in 1996) to the time their sophomore effort was unleashed. It was 1999 when MAYADOME emerged again with "Near Life Experience". And assuredly, the Swedes proudly show off their new chops and much improved proficiency achieved during their three years of hiding...the brunt of which must have been spent practicing and fine tuning their craft. What's clear is the fact that MAYADOME are now twice or threefold improved from the unit that released the "Paranormal Activity" debut. The quartet are still playing DREAM THEATER inspired Prog-Metal, but they designedly also augment their music with their own special herbs, spices and sauces ala MAYADOME. Fans of DREAM THEATER will unquestionably be right at home listening to this album. DT fans will no doubt enthusiastically quickly relate to these songs. Meaty staccato guitar riffs, intricate and very energetic drumming, lush keyboards and noteworthy melodic singing. What's encouraging is the fact that you won't hear a riff, beat or lick that's an exact imitation of DT's music. But as a whole, I'd have to say that MAYADOME have not entirely stepped away from DT's shadow. I really enjoy this album, this is some extravagantly well written and arranged heavy Progressive Metal! The crystal clear production also deserves two thumbs up. My only complaint is the slightly flimsy drums sound...too bad, because Teddy Moller's usually robust drumming automatically suffers due to this slight blemish in production. On this album, MAYADOME lost their old vocalist...in my opinion this is a actually a blessing in disguise. Their old singer wasn't that hot, I certainly didn't like his performance on "Paranormal Activity". In fact, I thought the vocals department was the weakest link on that album. A lot of reviews I read also mention something to an extend that on "Paranormal Activity", MAYADOME was a high-quality DT clone plagued with weak vocals. Personally, I thought the vocal delivery was too sluggish and was a grave miss match for the vigorously complex music that MAYADOME were already churning out back then. New vocalist Bassel Elharbiti has unmistakably made MAYADOME much stronger as a unit. Elharbiti's gentle, more melodic and more controlled approach are just what MAYADOME needed to take their music to the next level. "Near Life Experience" is another must have Prog-Metal album...and if you haven't done so, at least give this album a listen or two. Too bad MAYADOME broke-up not long after this album's release. Part of the line-up went on to form LOCH VOSTOK, who I think have released a demo-CD or two. * DD - Paradigma Records / Star 105.5 FM (Surabaya, Indonesia) *

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3.96 | 9 ratings

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Review by Greger
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4 stars This is the second release from the Swedish neo-classical progressive metal band MAYADOME. Their first album was called "Paranormal Activity" and it was released in 1996. I'm surprised that I haven't heard about them before, as they are very talented musicians and their music is technically blending and extremely tight. They also have an excellent singer, Bassel Elharbiti.

Their music is a mix between DREAM THEATER, HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN, KING DIAMOND, Yngwie MALMSTEEN, PAIN OF SALVATION, POWER OF OMENS, VANDEN PLAS and QUEENSRYCHE.

My favourite tracks are "Praise Me For I Have Sinned", "Able to Feel" which contains a nice guest appearance by Tina Gunnarsson on vocals and "Near Life Experience".

I'm sure that MAYADOME got what it takes to be Sweden's next big music export in the progressive metal genre together with PAIN OF SALVATION. MAYADOME is a Near Life Experience!

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