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Maudlin Of The Well


Experimental/Post Metal

4.21 | 364 ratings

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4 stars Good luck finding an audience maudlin of the Well.

maudlin of the Well is a very strange band mixing polar oposite genres into one polished breed. They're oddballs trying to fit in the crowd. Too hard for soft ambient like music fans and too soft for speedy death metal fans and, to make it even harder, a mild feel of avant-garde in their overall sound.

This album is more heavy and menacing than Bath wich is more on the soft side but both still haveng a good mix of the two styles. The album starts with their trademark soft styles wich makes you fell you're floating and in seconds it plunges you into the ground when growling vocals start to kick in with some very nice soft horns and guitar playing as he growls, but the trip doesn't end here. Over the top fast death metal starts playing for some seconds ,but still with some soft post-rock like guitar behind all the madness only to finish soft and melodic floating like it started. Crazy? With this song you get a feel of what's to come so its a very nice start for the album.

The second song is more accesible since it doesn't have growling vocals and its fast passed. It's the first song wich shows the fragil like vocals of Toby Driver at first, but then shows the brutal screaming of him. A very diverse singer I might say.

Most of the songs carry the same feelings wich is very somber and depressing and angry also for the most of the death metal parts. Very energetic (all thanks to the drummer) when they go through that road It can keep a headbanger going through all of the hard passages.A great example of those parts is Riseth he, the numberless. The horns also are a very important isntruments in the role of both styles, but sadly it isn't used much on this album . The soft acoustic parts are very nice and with lyrics that gives a light of hope through all of the growling and heavy parts. Of course, this side of them is more clearly pronounced in their other album in company, Bath, It's still very well spread around the album. Songs like Interlude 3 and Interlude 4 are incredebly beautiful soft acoustic symphonic songs that can leave you with a tear easily, but my favorite of those type of songs is Sleep is a course. Wich is a very nice acoustic song with some very emotional lyrics wich by the end of the song violins and cello keep company the acoustic guitar so it can end very emotional. A good merging of both styles is the last song wich starts very heavy and then falls back into some nice female vocals and Toby's soft like whisper voice and ends with nice guitar playing wich gives a little clue of Kayo Dot's sound.

A very enjoyable band when in the mood and very unique. Although I find Bath better because of my love for soft music, Leaving your body map is still a very worthy listen.

chamberry | 4/5 |


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