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Bloodway
A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues
Type: CD
Company: I, Voidhanger
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 1/3/2018
Redefines avant garde black metal and pushes the boundaries
Romania has long been known as the land of Vlad Tepes and vampire legends but after metalheads hear 'A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues', it should also be known for the birthplace of Bloodway. This album is one of those that is a genre-bender and career-defining album melded all into one insanely intricate package. No one song on this album sounds the same and the varying sounds that you get takes you through an amalgamation of musical styles, song structures and vocal ranges. This is an album that you can go back and listen to and hear something that you missed every time you replay it. There's a lot going on with this record so it's definitely one you want to take some time to devote to when you listen to it. But if you take your time with it and don't rush, you'll find an album that will definitely reshape what many people consider black metal to be and will also cause you to be completely immersed in the musical masterpiece that Bloodway have crafted on this release. This is a can't miss album from 2017!
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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