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The Unguided
Lust and Loathing
Type: CD
Company: Napalm
Release: 2016
Genre: Heavy/Extreme
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Dynamic in sound, genius in structure, and catchy as hell
Featuring former members of Sonic Syndicate, “Lust and Loathing” is the band's strongest release to date. The vocals might throw some people off a bit, given their harshness and rawness compared to the almost angelic quality of the cleans and the delicate guitar solos paired with hook laden keyboard work. But that formula works and really is pulled together by that massive production sound that the Scandinavians have so deftly mastered. The shift between the death and clean vocals is seamless and really helps lend a multi-dimensional aspect to the songs. Tracks like "Enraged", "King of Clubs" and "Heartseeker" are the best examples of this. These songs are dynamic in sound, genius in structure and catchy as hell. The album itself is one big dollop of catchiness with very strong songwriting helping push things along. There are riffs galore that will get you banging your head and vocals that will have you singing at the top of your lungs when you think no one is listening or around. The production as previously mentioned is just a massive effort that ties everything together in an incredible final product that oozes slickness and polish. One of the big surprises for me in the latest batch of albums I've gotten, "Lust and Loathing" is impressive and a much anticipated album from these Swedes. Kudos on a job well done lads.

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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