Today we have the distinct pleasure to premiere Belgian post-metalers Maudlin‘s fourth studio album, Sassuma Arnaa; it is not one to be missed! The band pride themselves on drawing influence from Hawkwind, Porcupine Tree, and Alice In Chains, but you may also detect elements of A Perfect Circle, Alchemist, Conan, and Opeth in their music. Also worth noting is that the album was mixed by Matt Balyes, who is famous for his production, mixing and engineering work with bands such as Mastadon, Isis, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and many more.
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This record consists of seven wonderfully layered, proggy/doomy songs that are near impossible not to get engrossed in. The rugged clean vocals are a prefect match for the slow, rocky tempo, and the guitars weave between mighty stoner riffage and emotionally charged post-rock leads. The nautical theme of the record, based on the band’s experiences of living near the North Sea, binds all these musical elements together to create something unique, setting the band and album apart from their many peers. As a concept, Sassuma Arnaa is both a success for Maudlin and a pleasure for the listener.
From the patiently progressive “Endless Expanse,” through the intense “Above the Vast Clouds”, and to the sludgy powerhouse finale of “The Stowaway,” this album is an energetic, fascinating, and three-dimensional experience, one that gets more engrossing by each track. There is nothing not to like here, so get into it!