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Maze of Terror - The Night Where Evil Prevails

Maze of Terror presents: - 77%

Forever Underground, September 18th, 2023

I think that any metal music enthusiast who listens to this EP blindly, without knowing anything about the band, will deduce very quickly that the band is from South America. There is something in the style of many of these bands from that geographical point that makes them unmistakable, Maze of Terror shows it without complexes in this EP inspired by horror movies. The influence of bands like Sepultura and Sarcofago in the use of leads and riffs as well as in the delivery of the vocals can be appreciated in every track.

So be ready because on each song you're going to find yourself with an intro saturated with different riffs and tempos before the song kicks into action at full speed. This is very close to work against them, luckily the EP is not very long so doing this in each song doesn't get tiresome, and although it is true that such a display of initial riffs can't compete with the titans of the genre, the truth is that they do a more than solid job, especially the first three tracks are the ones that do it in a more excellent way. The guitar work during the rest of the songs is also very good, knowing how to deal in a very correct way between simplistic but effective riffs and crazy and creative guitar solos with a much more melodic lead, together with the deliver of the vocals, very inspired by the style of Wagner Antichrist, is what most enhances the style of the songs.

In the music we can find clear traces of death metal, although I think they are not strong enough to consider it a death/thrash work, but it is something noticeable especially in the leads and in the solos that have a much more chaotic tonality, also the aggression in the music is permanent, there is hardly a moment of rest and as the songs go on it seems that the music becomes more and more furious, only the punctual use of the keyboards is able to stop the wild attacks from the peruvian band's music.

And it is that the use of the keyboards in such an short-lived way is appreciated, although it cuts the rhythm a little, the truth is that they make the songs in which they appear more dynamic and create truly memorable moments, they also fit well thanks to the theme of classic horror films to have that style of keyboards that fit well to serve as a bridge between this music and that of the great classics to which they pay tribute here. They are used for the most part in the last track, Messiah of Darkness, and it's appreciated a lot because it's a novelty in something that was starting to become repetitive and gives room to have as a final theme some of the most interesting sections of the whole EP.

The Night Where Evil Prevails is far from groundbreaking or a musical turning point for the band, and it's not the best EP you'll ever hear, but it shows one of the purest essences of the genre, a band that puts passion and enthusiasm above all else to give us a good time with the music we love, made by fans for fans.