With purely deadly intentions Maze of Sothoth blasts their way out of Italy to provide us with one sickening and malignant dose of death metal. Soul Demise is the name of their record and is supplies you with ten tracks of nothing but pure death metal, and I mean nothing but death metal. This record is filled to the bursting point with flesh tearing and soul devouring tracks that get your headbanging and ultimately rolling on the ground from all of the headbanging. Right away that old-school death metal sound hits your gnarled ears and once you hear that first note you know that you are in for a blistering and skin bubbling ride.
Soul Demise starts off with a two minute intro titled Cthulhu’s Calling and once that is over the monstrous and deadly fun begins. As soon as Cthulhu’s Calling has concluded, Maze of Sothoth waste no time at all to get you acquainted with their devilish brand of death metal. The only reprieve that you get within this record is when the ninth song comes around as it acts as a nice prelude to the tenth and final track as well as your ultimate demise. Other than the intro leading into the record and the ninth song-titled Azzaihg’ Nimehc–Maze of Sothoth roll devastating song after devastating song filling graves as they go and reveling in the death and mayhem.
This record is potent and highly volatile and ultimately you end up ripping the knob off of your stereo as you try to get the volume to go higher and higher. Soul Demise is a completely shredding release and when you are finished listening you just might not have a speaker to play it through anymore. Each song is just as heavy and sinister as the last and really you don’t have a whole hell of a lot of time to catch your breath either as Maze of Sothoth rolls these songs one right after another.
Soul Demise is a monster of an album with a massive sound that is not easily forgettable. Each song drives riff after riff into your skull along with rumbling bass lines, acrobatic drumming and unearthly throat shredding vocals. The eight songs on this release that are not intros are just a whirlwind of death and destruction and Maze of Sothoth seems to revel in it all never looking back at the mayhem that they have left in their wake.
Overall, this is one killer release that gets your headbanging often and not only that but as mentioned before, this isn’t a release that will soon leave your head. These songs stick to you and get stuck in your head and before you know it one listen turns into many.
Soul Demise is out now through Everlasting Spew Records.