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Review: Maze of Torment - Hammers of Mayhem
Maze of Torment
Hammers of Mayhem

Label: Black Lodge
Year released: 2005
Duration: 36:58
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 9, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Hammers of Mayhem

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

"Hammers of Mayhem" is a bit more straightforward Death/Thrash than its predecessor. Gone are the occasional Black Metal-ish elements, this one is Death/Thrash from beginning to end, pure and simple. Even the closing cover of Venom's "In League With Satan" has been adapted to the band's sound (which isn't exactly a big challenge, considering that Venom's early sound was pretty close to this stuff.) The vocal work remains similar, a very well executed mix of death growls and thrash vocals that once again fits the music like a glove. If you don't get your ass completely kicked by the aggressive and raw guitars (some of those riffs are amazingly simple, but more addictive than crack), the thundering drums will take care of what's left of you. The comparisons with the likes of Desaster still hold, with a bit of Bewitched (Sweden) creeping up here and there ("Servants of Menace" is a good example of a song that borrows from both.)

I was quite impressed with this Maze of Torment's previous album. This time I'm not as enthusiastic, but that's mostly due to it being less diversified than its predecessor. There isn't a boring moment to be found here. Once again an album that just screams "metal!" and leaves you begging for more. Or simply out of breath.

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