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MAZE OF TERROR
MAZE OF TERROR
Skullcrusher
(Capricorn Records)
25:05min

I've always wondered how the South American Metal scene, back in the 80s, spawned that many great bands. Even the most obscure and unknown bands had their good moments. Well, I guess no one will ever know. What I do know is that 5 or 6 years ago, the South American invasion started again. And it seems they've managed to keep the flame burning. And MAZE OF TERROR, hailing from Peru, is a fine example of that. Country mate Capricorn Records has just released MAZE OF TERROR's debut EP. 5 tracks with a total of 25 minutes of absolute Thrash / Death Metal worship. I hate comparisons, but in this case, I think they are more than well deserved. The first two bands that came to my mind after listening to "Skullcrusher", were ATOMIC AGGRESSOR and DEATH YELL. A Thrash Metal frenzy combined with enough Death Metal to balance the equation perfectly. Certain parts resemble the good old hyper fast Teutonic Thrash Metal mixed with classic Death Metal à la POSSESSED. Oh, and hate, tons and tons of hate. Soundwise, "Skullcrusher" takes you back to the early 90s. The drums are muffled, the bass is buried a little too much with the guitars and the vocals up front. But the final mix feels good. There is also a raw aura around the production. It is not perfect or polished, which is good, but I found some parts that sound thin. Especially the guitar tone. But that's only me being really detail-oriented. Besides that, MAZE OF TERROR's "Skullcrusher" is one of those nice surprises that one never really expected. A hidden gem that has all the potential to become an underground classic, such as "Bloody Ceremonial" or "Vengeance From Darkness". Totally recommended. You can contact the band here: www.facebook.com/mazeofterrorthrash or www.reverbnation.com/mazeofterror. Or you can contact the label here: www.facebook.com/capricornrecords

Alfonso Perez

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