Maudiir is a one-man Blackened Thrash solo project that serves as an outlet for observations on obedience and industrialization riddled with man-made waste that simply don’t fit into multi instrumentalist F’s other projects, having formerly been a member of Deeply Confused while currently being a member of Tears for the Dead Gods and leading Progressive Thrash Metal outfit Trinity Blast. The ratio of pies to fingers isn’t stacking up in Montreal Quebec Canada but their is simply no stopping a man on a mission.
“Product” is an intoxicating blend of Black Metal and Thrash with passages of Nordic influenced blast beats and swirling melodies transcending into classic 80s Thrash nostalgic riffs that owe something to Dave Mustaine and Megadeth. The caustic vocals threaten to implode the throat during “Abuse The Used“, dry and raspy, they sound like F has been wandering the desert for many moons without water but he never cracks a cough, instead laying down a plethora of classic riffs that sit on top of pulsating rhythmic battery. The thunderous “Wasteland” has that classic 80’s Thrash drum sound nailed with the kind of performance that Nick Menza or Lars Ulrich would be proud, everything sounding clean and crisp. While the lyrics are suitably bleak, their is some warmth in the guitar work and by the end you may feel touches of a Voivod influence creeping in but the Punk riff moments of “Surge of Fire” are an unexpected pleasure. A song which song loaded with all kinds of extra elements and ideas, moments of funk, progressive and punk riffs in amongst the usual blend of Black Metal and Thrash, it soars majestically with a facemelter of a solo and wears it’s influences on it’s sleeve. That makes way for the blistering “Snakes of Creation” which rampages through the darkness at pace with incendiary bursts of percussion and a progressive almost jazzy bassline that bleeds out as it rises above the riffs during an extended instrumental section. Perhaps only the vocals will divide an audience, being the most extreme element here but all in all, Maudiir has created the kind of rounded Metal sound that there aren’t many who won’t appreciate and a sampled spoken word into a final moody guitar section which then bursts into a solo is headbangable bliss [7.5/10]
Abuse The Used
Surge of Fire
Snakes of Creation
“Le Temps Peste” by Maudiir is out now and available over at bandcamp