Archive for MadMaze

MadMaze – Frames of Alienation

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on 10th August 2012 by mariadodarmata

Frames of Alienation
Thrash Metal
Released: Feb 2012
Punishment 18


I’ve always prided myself of not liking one subgenre of metal in specific, but bits from every branch of the genre I can get music from.  Frames of Alienation has definitely tipped the balance towards the thrash side.

Unlike most newer thrash bands that rely in stupidly fast drums and senseless “I wanna sound violent” riffs or use lyrics that talk exclusively about booze (We see here the influence of Tankard), MadMaze made an amazing album without abusing the typical thrash characteristics. As soon as the album starts playing I get that Sleyerish / Megadethish feeling. These guys have bay area thrash written all over them.

Walls of Lies starts what promises to be a great album. Fast beats and fun melodies invite you to start a circle pit at a random location. This is an album I’d gladly show to a 40 year old Big Four fanboy and be confident he’d like. There is only one problem with it: At one point you forget you are listening to it. The music is really good and somehow catchy but it becomes sort of flat and fails to keep me 100% interested on whe is coming out of the speakers.

All and all, this is a band thrashers should keep an eye on, and non-thrashers should listen to anyways. MadMaze promises to be huge if they keep going the way they are.


María Mata

MadMaze – No Time Left…

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 2nd August 2012 by mariadodarmata

No Time Left… (EP)
 February 2011
Thrash Metal


When it comes to metal, if you said Italy, my mind went directly to power metal. But that changed recently when I first listened to MadMaze.

The Italian quintet started in 2002 as Absence of Light, a project that never came to anything concrete. They wondered away into other projects only to get back together in 2010.

The Not Time Left EP starts with Lord of All that Remains and Mad Maze, catchy songs with not too fast rhythms that I can easily picture being played in the local bar while I drink some beer.  The transition between the two songs is perfect and goes almost unnoticed. These two are a perfect introduction to the band.

Mad Maze ends with the soothing sound of rain to give place to the 1.42 minute instrumental ballad Memories. Beautiful melody with a splash of Spanish guitar in there, prepare you for the last song of the EP, Retribution. It gets your heart pumping with catchy rhythms and pleasant drums that kick start your headband reflex. The solos fit the album perfectly, not too long, not too flashy. This band has a Megadeth feeling to it.

This EP makes you want to listen to more from MadMaze, and believe me, you won’t regret it if you do.


María Mata