MAAX (U.S.) “Unholy Rock & Roll” DIGI CD review by Heavy Metal Tribune

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

by Heavy Metal Tribune

By Hong Rui

Hot on the heels of their drunken rampage in the form of their 2010 EP, Six Pack Witchcraft, Maax this year releases their second full length album, Unholy Rock & Roll. Six Pack Witchcraft already shows the band’s indulging in a fun-filled blasphemous journey, with the 5 new tracks leaving fans of the band, black metal and rock & roll in general craving for more.

The difference in production quality compared to Six Pack Witchcraft is immediately noticeable as Unholy Rock & Roll begins with Coldest Steel, and there is a notable increase in speed and urgency in the band’s music, but once vocalist Tim begins his onslaught, this is unmistakably Maax, with his gruff growl vocal style. The same thrashy feel that was present on past offerings by the band is still present, reminding listeners of bands such as Japan’s Abigail, with a slight reference to other heavy metal greats such as Metalucifer in the riffing patterns. There are even times when the band goes into a heavy chugging section, slowly building up the climax a la Slayer, such as the moments towards the end of Coldest Steel. The scream at the beginning of Fight With Fire further reminds listeners Tom Ararya’s trademark screams on Angel of Death.

Perhaps one of the closest comparison that one can draw to Maax‘s style of music, is the combination of rock ‘n’ roll bands such as Chrome Division, with elements of black metal. The title track Unholy Rock & Roll especially brings out the rock ‘n’ roll and biker side of the band, with the sounds of motorbike engines starting and roaring at the beginning, and the track is certainly a fitting soundtrack to blast to when riding a bike,with wind flowing through one’s hair. The shouting on the chorus gives listeners a fist-pumping moment, reinforcing the attitude and the message of Maax, telling enemies of metal and rock ‘n’ roll that “We don’t give a fuck”!

Guitarists Kyle and Brett also constantly entertain listeners throughout, not only with their thrashy and old school style of guitar playing, but also with the various guitar solos that are littered throughout the album, with the big guitar tone bringing listeners back to the 80s and early 90s when rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal were meant to be played loud and proud. Riffs on songs like Do What Thou Wilt further emphasises the old-school in Maax‘s influences.

Elements of fun are still retained, with moments such as the belch on self-titled track Maxx displaying the importance of beer. The instrumental track/interlude Purge of Depravity 2 (The Pentagram) sees the band in their more serious face though, with a spoken vocals at the background, sounding like a bad omen and a sign for the oncoming apocalypse. The band’s black metal influences also seep out on tracks like Overthrone, with the track leaning most towards black metal on the album. Lyrically, the band retains their satanic edge with overt blasphemy, though as usual, the band infuses an element of drunkenness and fun at the same time, making Unholy Rock & Roll a fun and memorable ride.

Rating: 7.5/10

Review link: http://heavymetaltribune.com/wp/2011/11/album-review-maax-unholy-rock-roll/

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:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

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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