Independently releasing their debut album, Kali Yuga on September 22nd 2017, Ohio based sludge band, Maharaja have created a sound that will usher in the end of all things.
As doomy as it is dirty, opening track Blood Moon is a blistering & heavy slice of metal. Hypnotically rhythmic, the fuzzy sounding bass is just one element that leaves you feeling disoriented but satisfied.
Sharing similarities with the likes of Red Fang & Weedeater but with doom-moments that smell of Electric Wizard. It’s a record that demands you sit back, put your feet up & head-bang until your brain is leaking out of your ears. The sheer ferocity of the riffs & vocals on Slave to Senses, the pummelling given by the bass during Free Choice & the untamed, stoner rock groove of Ouroboros. Song after song of unsettling but exciting sludgy doom.
The spaced out sound of Blaq Magiq Carpet Ride offsets the thrashy bass edge & relentless guitar assault nicely. Arguably the albums best song, it’s ambitious & filled with all manner of bile inducing moments.
The near 8 minute groove of I, Undying sees things out nicely. Drawing on all their influences to drop a thrilling & catchy number. The distortion of the bass, the hammering drum beats, the disgust coming from the guitars & the unsettling vocals that range from singing all the way to pure aggression.
Maharaja – Kali Yuga Full Track Listing:
1. Blood Moon
2. Slave to Senses
3. Free Choice
6. Black Magic Carpet Ride
7. I, Undying
Maharaja - Kali Yuga (Self Released)
- The Final Score - 8/108/10