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Finnish death metal has in recent years seen quite a comeback, what with reissues from legends like Abhorrence to the reformation of Purtenance, bringing about not only nostalgia in the genre, but also a flux of new material as well. Maveth boasts 3 members of the other Finnish death metal outfit Cryptborn, and 5 years after their inception, they present their debut full length release Coils of the Black Earth under Dark Descent Records.
The style of Maveth is perhaps not so surprising to those who have encountered the brilliant releases of Cryptborn so far, though the songs on Coils of the Black Earth are certainly better developed. The Devourer Within the Gulf kicks off with ominous thunders in the background, causing a sense of deep unsettling fear in the listener before the filthy, grinding style of Maveth‘s death metal kick in. The guitar tone is gritty and dirty, and leans towards that of old school Swedish death metal, though the riffing style that is presented here by guitarists Mikko and Christbutcher are more reminiscent of Finnish bands such as Abhorrence.
Furthermore, there is a slight blackened edge in the band’s songwriting and arrangements, bringing to mind the Polish style of death metal that bands like Behemoth and Hate have crafted, though there are also moments like on Beneath the Sovereignty of Al-Ghul where the style of bands like Antediluvian are brought to mind as well, made all the more intense with the urgent and relentless drumming of Ville. The crushing intensity and electrifying, high tension atmosphere that the band has created also brings to mind bands like Incantation, in particular Christbutcher’s deep growls, and the often trem-picked riffs, and it is perhaps this that brings about comparisons with Cryptborn‘s style of music.
The songwriting on Coils of the Black Earth is also brilliant, and the band’s confidence is shown through the placement of opener The Devourer Within the Gulf, the longest track on the album. The sound samples are all put together cleverly and purposefully, and each serves its purpose dutifully in creating and maintaining the air of destruction and violence throughout the record, as well as being the transition point between tracks. The variety of influences that the band has put into their craft is also evident, as they fuse these seamlessly into a worthy, high quality old school death metal tribute with a slightly blackened touch by the band.