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"Death Strikes" (Necropolis)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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Maze Of Torment are Swedish death/thrash that recalls the halcyon days of American '80s death metal thrash with better production values.

The 10 tracks of "Death Strikes" clock in at 31minutes so don't blink an eye or you'll miss the musical equivalent of broken glass caressing your ears. Double-bass drums permeate the aggressive pulse of all the tracks and will leave you breathless.

"The Evil Beneath The Flames" has Slayer written all over it while "The Sadist" sounds like it has Kerry King as a guest soloist. A hidden track is a very quick instrumental but does little to add to the overall effect of "Death Strikes." Unfortunately, a majority of the songs are played at the same aggressive, intense speed; this wears a little thin after repeated listens.

Maze Of Torment are tight like a serpent's constrictive death coil, but lack dynamics which could make their music much more effective.  However, if you like death metal you'll go ga-ga for Maze Of Torment. 

Maze Of Torment is Erik Sahlstrom on vocals, Peter Karlsson on guitars, Kalle Sjodin on bass, and Kielle Enblom on drums. 

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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