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Descent Into Maelstrom
Descent Into Maelstrom
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2017
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 6/28/2017
Some really complex musical theory at work creates a refreshing sound
Italy's Descent Into Maelstrom, the work of Andrea "Maelstrom" Bignardi, is death metal of a whole different breed. You get your growls, your aggressive riffs and staccato blast beats in droves. But what sets this album apart for me is the unique songwriting and composition utilized by Bignardi. The melodic death metal sound is abundantly clear but the use of madrigals-- medieval styled acoustic pieces--creates this crazy dynamic of singing, swirling distorted guitars and beautiful, introspective acoustic soundscapes. I've not heard anything quite like this in some time and the use of the acoustic elements really adds to the overall atmosphere. The band and this album, were inspired by the Gothic Literature of Poe and Horace Walpole, to name a few and you can hear the references to these sources of inspiration throughout the lyrics. I am very impressed by the musicality and originality exhibited on this album and highly recommend this if you're looking for death metal that breaks the boundaries.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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