Speaking of pyramids, I like to imagine that this song is a direct expression of old-man-clouding over the modern era of tumblr-meets-witch house-style content-less/geometry-obsessed internet youth culture, which I suppose could be totally plausible considering Odyssey's own old-school, Geocities-style website, but I strongly suspect I am off the mark. Regardless, it's a good tune and I'm really into the recording which was done at Studio Hufvudstaden in Söderköping, a fact I gladly didn't discover until I had already made up my mind about it. Makes sense though- much like Maim who also recorded there, Odyssey's album "Abyssmal despair" sounds extremely rugged and dirty while still somehow retaining every instrument's place in the mix without ever getting muddy. Aside from a few minor overdubs, I bet this is an incredibly accurate representation of what these three dudes sound like jamming in a room together. In other cases I'm all for using the studio as its own instrument, but it makes perfect sense for a group of heavy jammers like this.
This isn't really doing it for me like it should. I love my old-school Swedish death metal and I'm as much into the resurgence of the style as anyone but, let's face it, the genre is a hell of a lot more populated now than it ever was back in the day. With that in mind, bands really need to up their game in order to genuinely recreate the vibe once reserved for the genre gods of the late '80s and early '90s. There's something about the production on "Deceased to exist" that fails to hit the mark and, to these ears, it's the fact that there's no real punch behind the sound. Bands that sounded like this back in the day generally did so through lack of resources when recording a demo and, given the genre in which Maim reside, it's quite possible that they're deliberately recreating this dirty, relatively weak sonority in an attempt to sound grim and nekro. Musically, it's nothing to get excited about and, as much as I love the style, I can't see Maim getting too much airplay in Chez Norby. - John Norby
This is Swedish death 101. Aside from the blastbeat (please see exhibit "Screams of the mutilated"), "Morbid desecration" demonstrates each of the essential riff styles, from the mid-tempo heaviness of the intro, to the straight-up ripping main riff (complete with some choice start/stop breaks) to the doomy breakdown/solo and then finally the bridge, which takes on a shuffle pattern in 3. All totally crucial, all executed with the correct balance of precision and filth by Maim. Once again, these dudes prove they know what's up and deliver a solid slab with a crooked smile. Class dismissed.
Swedish death metallers Maim have confirmed that their new album "Deceased to exist" will be released in early 2011 via and are now streaming three new sample tunes at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/maimdeathmetal
You can peep the new cover art from Mattias Frisk (Vanhelgd) over there as well.
Swedish death metal act Miasmal will be making their long-awaited live debut at the upcoming Kill-Town Death Fest in Copenhagen on September 16. Other bands performing at said fest include Obliteration, Nominon, Ascended, Corpus Mortale, Maim, Vorum and tons more, including great non-Scandinavian acts such as Bloody Sign (FRA), Anatomia (JAP) and Dead Congregation (GRE) -- pretty much every top-level non-American death act. Full details here: http://www.killtowndeathfest.dk/
Swedish death metallers Maim have finished work on their sophomore album, recorded once again in their hometown of Åtvidaberg with producer/engineer Niels Nielsen. Expect a fall release. And speaking of Niels, check out a couple new solo singles from him at Bandcamp: http://nielsnielsen.bandcamp.com/
Here's the playlist for this week's radio show Sirius XMU:
01. Randy - Who's side are you on?
02. TALK 1
03. Randy - Freedom song
04. Far From Tellus - Rosemary
05. Chicagojazzen - 18 år i en ruttnande kropp
06. TALK 2
07. Andreas Söderlund - Hawaii
08. Noisebud - Truck driver
09. Montys Loco - Heavy
10. TALK 3
11. Maim - Maimed
12. Turboweekend - Sweet Jezebel (Efterklang remix)
13. Pearl Fiction - The ruby fever
14. Meleeh - Hells mouth
15. TALK 4
16. Oranssi Pazuzu - Korppi
17. Brutus - Swedish lady
18. Entombed - Something out of nothing
19. Katzenjammer - To the sea
20. TALK 5
21. Robyn - Dancehall queen
Reminder: my show airs every week on Sundays and Mondays at 11pm ET on Sirius XMU. That's channel 26 on Sirius, 43 on XM and 831 for DirecTV subscribers.
This is cretin death metal for death metal cretins, as if that wasn't obvious from the title and cover art. No surprise, it's not as if the genre hasn't always been a refuge for degenerates and losers, though in Maim's favor, it must be said that their particular brand of death is far more schlocky b-movie horror/gore-obsessed than anything else. Thankfully, there's nothing even remotely approaching the distastefulness of Cannibal Corpse's "Fucked with a knife" and beyond that, I honestly doubt they take their lyrics all that seriously so neither should you. Anyhow, it's nice to see this album finally get a proper vinyl release at long last as that is the proper format for this sort of maggot-minded metal and Niels Nielsen's appropriately filthy, but extremely well-balanced production. Anything else you need to know can probably be gleaned from their country of origin (Sweden) and their choice of cover tune (Autopsy's "Ridden with disease"). I'll sure there are legions of people out there ready to start the backlash against the current old-school death metal revival trend, but as long as bands like this keep putting out solid new releases, I'm all for it. - Avi Roig