1. Maleficus 2. The Line That Divides 3. Threshold Of Empowerment 4. Legion Of Martyrs 5. Misery Embrace 6. Ashes 7. Wrath Wrought Ruin 8. Fall Unto Chaos
It is hard to believe that metal merchants Vore have been crankin' punishment and death since 1994. During their tenure the band has released two albums on their own dime, '97's "Dead King's Eyes" and the 2001 release "Lord Of Storms". Now the band are back again, once again self releasing this album and this venture. "Maleficus" marks the Arizona band's first release with new drummer Remy Cameron and bassist Jeremy Partin. In terms of craftsmanship and precision to detail you won't find another band quite like Vore. Their smooth, calculated riffs creak open casket lids in much the same fashion as early Candlemass and Black Sabbath. It has been quite some time since I have heard a really good doom and gloom death act, really going all the way back to the mid-'90s with the likes of Morgion and My Dying Bride. That is the type of sound platform this is all built upon, with very few tracks on this release incorporating the normal rip 'n tear effect as other established death acts. It is with "Maleficus" that dreary atmosphere is stirred by long, extended guitar riffs, each mammoth in their delivery and "traditional" aspect. Vocalist Page Townsley (also playing lead & rhythm guitar) has a very deep rumble delivery, almost picking up the vibe put down by George "Corpse Grinder" Fisher. The band showcases a barrage of soundscapes, from quick, stomping tumbles to well executed acoustical passages. It is with this diversity and character that puts Vore near the top of my "Labels Please Hear This" list. Vore could fire up fans of Opeth, Behemoth, and even November's Doom.