MAAX (U.S.) “Unholy Rock & Roll” DIGI CD review by www.blistering.com

MAAX (U.S.) “Unholy Rock & Roll” DIGI CD review

by www.blistering.com

By Justin Donnelly

Twelve months after releasing their stop-gap EP Six Pack Witchcraft, Indianapolis-based black metal rock ‘n’ rollers Maax are back with their sophomore effort Unholy Rock & Roll. Much like the progression shown between their debut full-length effort (2009’s Dawnbringer) and subsequent EP, Unholy Rock & Roll showcases another step up for the band, with their latest effort filled to the brim with ungodly rock ‘n’ roll anthems, presented in a suitable blackened manner.

The five piece outfit get straight down to business in a menacing and speedy manner with “Coldest Steel.” It’s immediately clear that production values have improved greatly this time around, with the layers of suffocation heard on the EP being lifted to make way for a more cutting and clearer sound. But despite the better production, there’s still plenty of rawness heard in the guitars and Tim Green’s vocals to please fans of death ‘n’ roll. Song-wise, there’s a nice array of riffs within “Coldest Steel” to keep things interesting throughout, and the level of aggression on offer at the start is sure to please listeners to no end.

Shades of Venom with a little more musical ability can be heard in the straight forward attack of the follow-up track “Fight With Fire,” while on the title track the band tone down their satanic edge enough (even if it’s just a little bit) to allow a bit more of their rock ‘n’ roll tendencies (which is obvious given the song starts with the sound of a revving motorbike).

Whether it’s deliberate or not is hard to tell, but the riff structure within “Do What Thou Wilt” does remind me of Mötley Crüe’s “Too Young To Fall In Love” in places, while “Maax” brings to mind Motörhead in both construction and lyrical content. “Rot ‘N’ Roll” boasts a lot of lead work which is well done, and is by far one of the album’s catchier efforts, and for that very reason stands out as a favourite, while the blackened thrash-like “Overthrone,” “Black Thrash Em’ All” and the mid-paced closer “One More Time” are the best the remainder of the album has to offer.

There are a lot of bands on the death ‘n’ roll scene these days, and while many of them claim to offer up highly energetic death metal with a genuine rock ‘n’ roll drive, few actually deliver. Maax is the exception to the case, with their Unholy Rock & Roll album more than living up to its name.

Review link: www.blistering.com/fastpage/fpengine.php/link/1/templateid/25296/tempidx/4/menuid/2

Maax links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/maaxmetal

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maaxmetal

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/maax

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Maax

Abyss Records links:

Online Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Abyss-Records/164573050232055

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Other links:

To purchase MAAX “Unholy Rock & Roll” DIGI CD and other Maax merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=maax

To preview a song from their 2010 release “Six Pack Witchcraft” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=giNCctZobOE

and to preview a song from their debut album “Dawnbringer” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uNDPFcYcdw

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