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Maze of Torment - Faster Disaster

From the underground for the underground - 73%

Felix 1666, October 31st, 2015
Written based on this version: 1998, CD, Iron Fist Productions

Compared with the under average debut of Maze of Torment, the here presented album marked an enormous improvement in any respect. The majority of the weak points of the debut, for example the incoherent song formulas, had been eradicated. The effect was that "Faster Disaster" did not need to be afraid of the competition with the results of comparable bands. Instead, Maze of Torment operated in a much more mature manner without stripping their underground charm. Despite the fact that their compositions were refined with a pinch of death metal, the band joined the international league of thrash metal formations.

First of all, the album is significantly more intense than their first output. The sharp guitars are swift as an arrow and the dense sound attracts the full attention of the listener. The album rolls over you without showing any signs of clemency. But despite the band's strong affinity for "Reign in Blood"-rhythms, the guys have learned to integrate a few mid-tempo parts. Do not get me wrong, these parts do not lack of heaviness in view of the steadily beating double bass. They just increase the quality of the album, because the presence of these sections is one of the reasons why "Faster Disaster" shines with a dynamic and slightly catchy appearance. A highlight like "Dead Soul" combines mid-tempo sections and hyper-fast parts with aggressive riffs in a stirring manner. It is simply a pleasure to listen to such a neckbreaker.

Maze of Torment have also learned that less is sometimes more. Instead of offering eight relatively complicated numbers with a playtime of 40 minutes, the nine tunes of "Faster Disaster" rush by in less than 32 minutes. In view of the increased song-writing skills, the compactness of the homogeneous pieces constitutes another advantage of the album. The single parts mostly melt into each other almost seamlessly. "Ancient Treasure", equipped with razor-sharp riffs, works as a good example for the newly won flow of Maze of Torment's tracks. Apart from its smart configuration, the song scores with its short yet sustainable chorus as well. Needless to say, the aggressive vocal performance plays its part in an appropriate manner, even though unique features are missing.

The band celebrates a wild hunt. Its sound points unerringly forward and who is able to follow? Supporters of groups that prefer a more controlled way of proceeding, for example Testament or Heathen, should stay away from this album. It contains nasty, but intelligently elaborated thrash metal of the sharpest kind. Do not expect a black metal influenced aura. Nevertheless, the malignancy of the thunderous songs cannot be ignored. (Only the closer surprises with some humorous details.) The usually cool guys from Sweden get high on their own music and do not stop to torment their instruments. Well, one cannot deny that some sections still lack of clarity while celebrating extremely violent tone sequences as an end in itself. Furthermore, the level of catchiness leaves room for optimization. However, Maze of Torment put up an album for discussion which cannot be blamed for anxiety or half-heartedness.