Band: MAZE OF SOTHOTH
Title: Soul Demise
Label: Everlasting Spew Records
Style: Technical Death Metal
Debut album from this Bergamo based ensemble founded back in 2009; it's not that encouraging to release a first full-length after 8 years since your foundation, but I always hope in such cases this is like a discharge, something to bring new life and enthousiasm into a somehow monotone activity. Maze of Sothoth offer here 10 tracks in 40 minutes of brutal, mid-tempo to fast paced Death Metal with plenty of technical displays all the time, a calculated assault, brutal and uncompromising. They are all capable musicians, the tracks are pretty diverse and have plenty to enjoy, I was particularly impressed by the chaotic, old-school guitar solos, and by some fast parts where the music and atmosphere becomes so oppressive and fast you become claustrophobic, this would have been a total milestone in Death Metal in the '90's but nowadays the bar was raised so much it's getting almost impossible to come up with something of your own. There's still room to improve, of course, especially on the vocal part which is good but not distinctive or original at all, but being a first album they will probably want to surpass it with the following, if they decide to continue, of course.
Reviewed by Adrian