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Review: 'Birds Of Maya'

-  Label: 'Drag City Records'
-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '25.6.21.'-  Catalogue No: 'DC835'

Our Rating:
I have to admit before being sent this album I'd never heard of Birds Of Maya and I really wish I had as this in an immense album of high octane riffage to obliterate all around them with. This is the Philadelphia based bands fourth album.

The album opens with them slowly easing into High Fly as if they are waiting for the room to fill with dry ice as the first of the albums towering walls of riffage kick into gear like an updated Dr Phibes & The House Of Wax Equations as tight and nailed on as the guitars are, the vocals sound gloriously slack in an almost Sebadoah style, the drums just force everything along and sound like they are driven across the room, until they start the break down and break apart section of slow riff blasts and crashing drums and effects striking at your brain.

BFIOU is like being bludgeoned over the head with intense riffs that build in pace and intensity as the slack vocals yelps and screams go over the top of everything and you just wanna hear those guitars raging across your speakers.

Busted Room is another monumental slice of heavy as they come riff rock, that is sort of somewhere between the darker end of Black Sabbath and the Supersuckers, but the distortion pedal is on overdrive, as is the bass drum that is central to this tunes core sound. It's sludgy and insistent as the guitars go all Sacred Miracle Cave and the welter of noise doesn't give up for over 9 minutes.

Recessinator sounds like the musical equivalent of getting 400 volts to the chest to bring you back to life with a real desert rock Kyuss style beat underneath as the guitars fire off around the central tune, there's a down tuned edge to this that really draws you in until about 5 minutes in they go all Stooges like and the guitars get even more intense to blast through the other 5 minutes of the tune.

Front Street is more concise as it attacks with bludgeon to the max riffs and the closest they come to a song you might be able to sing along too as the guitar's strafe your brain and nail you to the wall.

The album closes with the seven-minute onslaught of Please Come In that's the sort of invite you might be worried about accepting as it probably involves unfeasible amounts of drugs and drink and some odd behavior you might want to forget about later as the guitars rage around you and you bang your head against the wall in time with this.

Find out more at https://www.dragcity.com/products/valdez https://www.facebook.com/birdsofmaya

  author: simonovitch

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