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Winds of Leng
Horrid Dominion
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2017
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 12/1/2017
Seamlessly blends old and new styles together
Ok folks, I've been complaining very heavily lately about wishing a death metal band would combine the old and new sounds together but still have their own stamp to it. Well, Winds of Leng has done just that. With 'Horrid Dominion' you get an album that is reminiscent of Obituary and Black Dahlia Murder but still has its own unique sound to it. Heavy, melodic, and dynamic is what you get with the music. Galloping riffs, chugging breakdowns and some fluid solos feature heavily. The one downfall with the album is the production is a little on the low side with the overall sound being a bit murky and not as clear as I would like. But honestly, the music and unique perspective that Winds of Leng brings to the table makes it easy to look past that. If you're looking for that death metal album that will help pull you out of the putrescent pool of stagnation, grab hold of this one for dear life. It'll be a wild and kick ass ride!
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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