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MaYaN: Antagonise

MaYaN's masterful symphonic death metal is back on Antagonise. I was pumped to see the return of MaYaN with album number two following 2011's Quaterpast which was such an impressive debut. But then it was hardly any surprise given the involvement of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen (ex. After Forever) who is also the mastermind behind Epica. MaYaN was formed by Mark and keyboardist Jack Driessen (ex. After Forever) as an outlet to record an album in a style that they had always wanted.

With a line-up consisting of eight the one thing that MaYaN isn't short on is band members so along with those above there is drummer AriŽn van Weesenbeek (Epica), bass player Rob van der Loo (Epica), guitarist Frank Schiphorst (ex .Symmetry), vocalist Henning Basse (Sons Of Season), vocalist Laura Macrž (LE DIV4S) and guitarist Meral Bechtold (Purest Of Pain).

Antagonise's concept is based around "the current conditions of our society" such as how increasingly our privacy is being taken away from us due to the the rise in power of governments and corporations. Antagonise comes packed with riveting intensity there is a wealth of pummelling technical metal and the alternating between growls and both clean male and some female vocals works a treat. "Desory" is included as a bonus track on the version I received and serves as an entrancing orchestral instrumental introduction, while the heady metal of "Bloodline Forfeit" sure gets the blood pumping as the furore of MaYaN is unleashed Arien van Weesenbeek is so devastating with his drumming. "Burn Your Witches" follows and MaYaN are also on fire blazing a path with their glorious death metal and "Paladins of Deceit - National Security Extremism part 1" just screams for more volume. " Devil in Disguise" is another enthralling song the music is just awesome and there is so much more of that to be heard on Antagonise.

If you thought their debut was impressive just wait till you get hold of the follow up Antagonise MaYaN are surely one of metal's brightest acts.


Track Listing
Desory Ė Bonus Track
1. Bloodline Forfeit
2. Burn Your Witches
3. Redemption - The Democracy Illusion
4. Paladins of Deceit - National Security Extremism part 1
5. Lone Wolf
6. Devil in Disguise
7. Insano
8. Human Sacrifice
9. Enemies of Freedom
10. Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies - National Security Extremism part 2

Added: March 8th 2014
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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MaYaN: Antagonise
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-03-08 08:43:32
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The sophomore release from Mark Jansen's MaYan once again sees the band doing a fine job of combining symphonic death metal with melodic power & progressive metal elements. Helping out guitarist/vocalist Jansen are drummer AriŽn van Weesenbeek (Epica), bass player Rob van der Loo (Epica), guitarist Frank Schiphorst (ex-Symmetry), vocalist Henning Basse (Sons Of Season), vocalist Laura Macrž (LE DIV4S) and guitarist Meral Bechtold (Purest Of Pain), once again allowing MaYan to have that 'big band' mentality. This is pretty epic stuff throughout, as the ferocity of death metal collides with many orchestral moments, guitar & keyboard solos galore, a variety of vocal styles, and lots of melody. Highlights are many, but be sure to check out "Burn Your Witches", with Jansen, Macri & Basse dueling it out on clean/growling vocals, the raging "Redemption - The Democracy Illusion", and the absolutely crushing "Human Sacrifice", complete with bombastic riffing, huge Hammond organ, and Jansen's menacing growls.

Quite impressive indeed.



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