'Macerie' translates to 'rubble' or 'ruins' and that is exactly where you will be in after listening to this sixteen minutes lasting monster. Macerie is also a quartet from Florence, one of the most beautiful and peaceful cities in the world. However, there's nothing beautiful or peacefull on this e.p. Instead, we're dealing with a blackened sludge act that spews an impressive amount of hatred-fueledd sonic violence through the speakers.
There are four tracks on this album, each of them being a crushing blast of hostility. At times they remind me of bands like Celeste or Altar Of Plagues but somehow Macerie sounds even more vile, destructive and cold as their predecessors. However, I have to say, the production quality might be a big part of this raw, unforgiving sound.
What we get from Macerie is simple: brutal blackened metal, influenced by both sludge and hardcore punk. The band uses the typical elements like wall-of-sound distortion, blast beats and gutteral growls and screams. Yet, unlike some of the bands I've heard, Macerie makes all this mischief sound easy and excells in sheer brutality. Vocals are completely out of this world, almost inhuman. Drums sound like machine guns, blasting everything in sight.
Damn, this is an intense piece of extreme music, truly only for the brave. So to the brave ones: check it out. Macerie will be available on tape and as a digital download. However, don't come complaining about the loss of your hearing, soul or sanity afterwards. We warned you...