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CB Murdoc
Here Be Dragons
Type: CD
Company: Vicisolum Productions
Release: 2016
Genre: Heavy/Extreme
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Damn near impossible to keep up with
I have reviewed my share of odd and funky bands throughout my time but I think I have to say that CB Murdoc definitely holds the title for strangest so far. "Here Be Dragons", the band's 3rd album and 1st with new label ViciSolum Records, is a strange mix of djent and progressive tech death metal. You can hear everything from Decapitated, Animals As Leaders and many, many other bands in the sound that CB Murdoc throws out. The riffs and guitars are very groove heavy with solos and random guitar wankery going on. There is no doubt that the boys in CB can play some really technical stuff. However, the problem that I had listening to "Here Be Dragons" is the chaos that ensued while trying to listen to the album. There is so much going on in each song that it's damn near impossible to keep up with all the crazy time signatures, tempo changes and listen to the vocals. While the album wasn't bad by any means, it was one that even when trying to sit down and listen to on headphones it failed to keep me engaged.

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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