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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Review: Maze Of Terror - Ready To Kill


Making it to a debut effort, Peruvian thrashers Maze of Terror features quite a wide amount of work here to give this one of the most impressive and engaging debuts in the genre in a long time. Rife with plenty of fire and engaging work dripping from these molten thrash tracks, this is a band that should go far in the genre in the future.

From the start this one manages to feature the kind of ravenous, swarming thrash that’s built on the revivalist trends of aping the bay-area attacks from the past, leading to utterly stellar riffing dripping with speed, immediately highlighted by tracks like ‘Rotting Force’ and ‘Lycanthropes’ which are just pure speed-mongers of the highest caliber taking the sort of frantic rhythms and pounding drum-work carrying the kind of arrangements expected to be found in that style. There’s a savage series of riffing on display that comes from the swirling, up-tempo patterns here where this one really brings up some imaginative and varied attacks to the table that enables this speed-driven style to stick out even better by being surrounded by the dynamic change-ups offered, with ‘Bringer of Torture’ being more of a mid-tempo effort plodding along with a steady rhythm while the epic ‘Gilles De Rais’ offers explosive proof that an epic can crush and pummel at top speed throughout with plenty of pounding rhythms. It enables a far more intensive effort here with this one creating such an infectious and ultimately appealing when it thrashes away with reckless abandon while still offering the kind of dynamic and varied approaches to the craft that it manages to keep from being a one-trick affair. Though it still manages to keep the same rhythms running throughout here when it is thrashing along lending to some tracks bleeding together it’s such a minor detriment as to be almost completely useless and overdrawn here.

This here is a near-perfect assault of blistering, finely-formed thrash that plays with such conviction and enthusiasm that it can win over any audience out there and perfectly paves the way for the band to set out on their career, leaving this one to obviously settle in so well for revival thrash fanatics or fans of the old-guard looking for the young generation to make an impression. 9.5/10

Written by Don Anelli

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