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Review: Mazikeen - The Solace of Death
The Solace of Death

Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 1:17:43
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 5, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Solace of Death

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

Starting as a solo project called Rising Tide of Vengeance by Andrew Shiells in 2013, Australian Black Metal act Mazikeen have left a trail of singles and an EP before finally giving us their debut full-length, The Solace of Death. Judging by the four cover songs at the end, you'd expect this to be a blast of Symphonic Black Metal that takes from both the Norwegian and Swedish scenes, and you'd be dead on the money with that judgement. In fact, Norway's own Limbonic Art is a pretty solid comparison, as this band has the same penchant for complex and aggressive music with a real feel for space and atmosphere that almost sounds cosmic in nature. That's not to say they're up to the same standard, but this album is filled with densely layered music that takes several listens to really get into, complete with some first-rate drumming courtesy of Marco Pitruzzella that you could mistake as coming from a machine at first listen, the usual assortment of acoustic guitars/pianos/synth interludes and no fewer than four vocalists, courtesy of guests Josh Young, Ian Mclean, and Nathan Collins. The covers at the end are pretty solid too, especially for Dissection's "Night's Blood" and Dimmu's "The Mourning Palace", even if they don't do more than show love for all the band's influences. All in all, this may not be groundbreaking or impressive enough to be essential, but it's a damn good start for a damn good band.

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