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Review: Maudlin Of The Well - Bath / Leaving Your Body Map
Maudlin Of The Well
Bath / Leaving Your Body Map

Label: Dark Symphonies
Year released: 2001
Duration: ?
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: August 16, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Bath / Leaving Your Body Map

Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (8 Votes)

To be completely honest I had never even heard of this band until I received these two CD's in the mail so I had no idea what to expect. I will be doing the review of both these albums at the same time since after listening to this I think it should be taken as a whole rather than two separate works. Why it is being packaged as two separate CD's instead of making it a two CD set I do not understand but oh well.

The first time I listened to the album "Bath" I thought someone had sent this to me by mistake since the first track "The Blue Ghost/ Shedding Qlipthoth" sounds like some sort of experimental art thing but as the album progressed I realized quickly that this is simply something that I had never EXPERIENCED before. I say experienced instead of just saying listened since that is exactly how I felt after coming to the last track on "Leaving Your Body Map". Let me explain a little further, when I do a review I will sit in my recliner with a pair of headphones and a clipboard to take notes while the album plays that way I can give each album my full attention without any outside distractions. I know to some of you this might seem a little anal retentive but it helps me when I do a review since I believe someone took the time and care to write and record this music so if I am going to give my opinion of it I think I should take just as much time and consideration in listening to it. Now that I have wasted everyone's time on my little rant let me get back to the album…:). This music is just so filled with different emotions and imagery that at times it just feels like you are hearing the soundtrack for a really weird acid trip (not that I would know what a weird acid trip would be like…remember kids just say NO!).

This album is something that as I stated earlier must be experienced rather than just listened to. Both CD's have different tracks but it doesn't feel that way. It feels more like one complete work with different moods or emotions. I keep bringing up the word emotion a lot and that is for good reason. I believe this album covers every aspect of human emotion from pure bliss to extreme hatred and everything in between. The emotion can be likened to works I have heard from Opeth but this band take it to another level. While Opeth has emotion brought out as a by-product, Maudlin of the Well make emotion a priority. Another interesting aspect of these albums is the imagery you get while they are playing. When I listen to most music I get a image in my head of the band such as the guitarist and what chords he is using or the drummer and how fast he must be moving etc…However with these albums I get images you would get from a dreamscape such as ultra bright colors next to varying degrees of a gray scale or any really weird image from a acid trip (again kids, just say NO!). Don't get the idea that this CD is just filled with a bunch of artsy kind of bullshit because there are plenty of distorted guitars and death metal growls to go around but again it must be taken as a whole rather than just a part.

Overall I would say this is definitely not an album for everyone since if you are suffering from A.D.D. this album will absolutely drive you fucking insane but if you can sit still longer than 3 minutes at a shot and can appreciate something completely new and original do yourself a favor and pick these two albums up.

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