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Review: Maat - Monuments Will Enslave
Monuments Will Enslave

Label: Aural Attack Productions
Year released: 2017
Duration: 46:46
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 4, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Monuments Will Enslave

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (6 Votes)

Sometimes it is really refreshing to run across a band that reminds me of why I liked a genre to begin with. I hear so much down-tuned, badly-written, by-the-numbers Death Metal that a band like this, who are actually interesting, are a breath of fresh, murderous air.

Maat are a German band who are mining the same strike of imagery as Nile for their lyrics, but in execution they are much less technical and more melodic. The major similarity I hear in this is to Behemoth, with the blasting riffs and the bellowed vocals. This is nowhere near as overproduced as Behemoth, and Maat leaven their aggression with a strong dose of melody integrating their Middle Eastern aesthetic and making the whole into a strong, individual sound. Maat are not doing anything really audacious, but they have cranked out a riffy, crunchy Death Metal album that remains solid all the way through its running time, and sometimes that's all you could ask for.

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