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Review: Maestitium - Tale of the Endless
Tale of the Endless

Label: Black Lion Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 23:32
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: May 22, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Tale of the Endless

Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (3 Votes)

Maestitium is technically a school project belonging to Elias Westrin, which he formed to release an EP as part of his education in music production and to fulfill his ambition of making the best Finnish-styled Death Metal he could imagine. That description might make you think that this would end up being amateurish or overly ambitious but, as it turns out, Tales of the Endless is a master class Melodic Death Metal from someone who honestly sounds like he should be the one doing the teaching.

Elias claims he's got about 20% Finnish blood running through him, and I absolutely believe him, because while he hails from Sweden, his music sounds a good bit like big name Finnish Melodeath acts like Insomnium, Wintersun, and Kalmah. The songs themselves are built on captivating melodies that go on for long stretches without ever wearing out their welcome and a harmonic use of powerful grunts and really excellent clean singing. You can't really talk about highlights on here without just mentioning most of the songs on hand, like the cold, sorrowful "Morning Star", the powerful and epic "Song of the Freezing Wing", which also happens to contain Elias's best vocal performance on the EP, and the unforgiving closing title track, which starts out sounding a good bit like Wintersun's "Eternal Darkness (Autumn)" and getting darker and meaner from there outside of a few temp drops that display some infectious melodic work, some of the very best on the album.

The fact that this is supposed to be a school project is kind of astounding to me, as Elias seems to have already mastered his craft of emotional and atmospheric Melodic Death Metal before he's even graduated. He has rough plans for two full-lengths in the future, and if this is anything to go by, they can't come soon enough. This is absolutely a project to watch out for in the future, and this is an album that any fan of Melodic Death Metal needs to have. Oh, and should Elias's instructors be reading this, consider this a professional evaluation and give him the highest marks you got.

Other related information on the site
Interview with Elias Westrin on May 8, 2021 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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