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Hadal Maw: Olm

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Tech Death Metal outfit Hadal Maw, have released their second effort, Olm on EVP Recordings and is also the first recording featuring their new vocalist, Sam Dillon (Lo!, Snakes Get Bad Press). Olm shows the growth of the band and maturing with more groove and atmospheric soundscapes and a bit less technical abandon. The result of which leads to bit more memorable hooks, laden with crushing guitar riffs.

Groove heavy and Prog like tracks like, "Failed Harvest", show the less full on Death side of Hadal Maw, while never quite ditching their Deathy roots. While the instrumental, "Leviathan", opens the album with a haunting, moody, almost trippy vibe and is a precursor of what is in store for the rest of the berserk songs that follow. Hadal Maw have been compared to the likes of the mighty Meshuggah, but I for one don't really hear it. Hadal Maw does detune, but in the modern scope of this type of Metal, who doesn't? They have more in common with Tech Death bands like Hate Eternal or Decapitated with all of the dissonance and blast beats then they do with a Meshuggah.

Olm is a sophomore album that shows growth from a full on bombastic approach, to a more (dare I say) melodic infusion to their style of Tech- Death Metal. Your hyper blast beats and caterwauling vocals are all there in spades, but there is also a groove and melodic sense added that wasn't there on the bands debut. Olm is a record that finds a band finding their own unique voice and continuing to blaze their own Prog laden, Death Metal trail.

Track Listing
1. Leviathan
2. Affluenza
3. Failed Harvest
4. Witch Doctor
5. False King
6. The Olm
7. Simian Plague
8. Germinate
9. Hyena
10. Circus of Flesh

Added: August 1st 2017
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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