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Vore - Maleficus - 2006 - Self Released

Track Listing
1. Maleficus
2. The Line That Divides
3. Threshold Of Empowerment
4. Legion Of Martyrs
5. Misery Embrace
6. Ashes
7. Wrath Wrought Ruin
8. Fall Unto Chaos
It is hard to believe that metal merchants Vore have been crankin' punishment and death since 1994. During their tenure the band has released two albums on their own dime, '97's "Dead King's Eyes" and the 2001 release "Lord Of Storms". Now the band are back again, once again self releasing this album and this venture. "Maleficus" marks the Arizona band's first release with new drummer Remy Cameron and bassist Jeremy Partin. In terms of craftsmanship and precision to detail you won't find another band quite like Vore. Their smooth, calculated riffs creak open casket lids in much the same fashion as early Candlemass and Black Sabbath. It has been quite some time since I have heard a really good doom and gloom death act, really going all the way back to the mid-'90s with the likes of Morgion and My Dying Bride. That is the type of sound platform this is all built upon, with very few tracks on this release incorporating the normal rip 'n tear effect as other established death acts. It is with "Maleficus" that dreary atmosphere is stirred by long, extended guitar riffs, each mammoth in their delivery and "traditional" aspect. Vocalist Page Townsley (also playing lead & rhythm guitar) has a very deep rumble delivery, almost picking up the vibe put down by George "Corpse Grinder" Fisher. The band showcases a barrage of soundscapes, from quick, stomping tumbles to well executed acoustical passages. It is with this diversity and character that puts Vore near the top of my "Labels Please Hear This" list. Vore could fire up fans of Opeth, Behemoth, and even November's Doom.



--EC 05.02.06
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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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