Many more bands within the death metal underground have committed and established themselves to become a household name and be a unstoppable force as the years go by. Maul is surely that band that I see such great potential in the foreseeable future and behold, we have the debut full-length recording of Seraphic Punishment which is handled by Redefining Darkness Records. If you think their 2020 EP of Monarchy Of Mold was raw and heavy sounding, this is leaps and bounds the most expansive and experimentally written pieces of music Maul has done to date.
Musically, lyrically and stylistically speaking Maul’s influence in death metal takes both American and Swedish HM2 style of extreme music reminiscing of bands such as Autopsy, Dismember, Bolt Thrower and to more current artists including Fetid, Cerebral Rot, Undergang, Tomb Mold and others to name prior examples of what you’re gonna expect listening to this monstrous experience. From it’s sickening production, amazing instrumentals, putrid vocals, buzzsaw guitars, tight drum performances and lyrics up to date, this record also showcases and captures the moments of the underground and modern day of death metal but I’ve also noticed there’s sludge and hardcore influences mainly the band Outer Heaven due to some of the songs containing that slow, mid-tempo sections where the track builds up momentum and then back at it again with the songs bringing a nasty, filthy, and raw sounding release just punches you in the dick, no pun intended by the way.
I wanna say tracks such as Repulsive Intruder and Carrion Totem brings back that 90’s era of death metal whole staying true to its roots bringing that old school flair with a modern twist from the grotesque vocal deliveries, punishing touches of the instruments, solid craftsmanship with each member contributed to the songs and not to mention I love how diverse, and progressive this recording can get but only gets better overtime the more I hear it again, again, and again all over until there’s no turning back. Seraphic Punishment is a catapulted and heavy driven album that’ll appeal fans of hardcore, sludge and even some doom thrown in the mix this is seriously good stuff.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler