Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Symphonic orchestral melodic death metal
Release date: 31 January, 2014
Playing time: 62:17

This is the follow up of their 2011 album 'Quarterpast'. Main man behind this band is Epica member Mark Jansen. The other members are all very experienced and with skills; Henning Basse, Laura Macri, Jack Driessen, Frank Schiphorst, Rob van der Loo and AriŽn Weesenbeek do their job with success.

I already found 'Quaterpast' a great album, but this one is even better. More balanced, refined and with a great sound. The guitar soli of Frank Schiphorst are very impressive and the keyboard parts of Jack Driessen even sound more bombastic than on the predecessor. Again Mayan found a perfect balance between heavier grunting parts and clean more melodic pieces,  the clean/grunting vocal duals sound more mature and logical. For the first time I have a feeling of that Henning Basse shows what he is capable of, in my opinion he never sounded better. Besides all the members I already mentioned, there are some guest appearances by Stream of Passion singer Marcela Bovio and even Floor Jansen (does she still have some free time left?).

The lyrics handle about the fact that our privacy is gone and that for a big part because of the so called 'war on terrorism'; big brother is watching you! If there is one song that will give you an idea of what to expect on the album, I advice you to listen to "Redemption". If you like that, you sure like all the songs. In that particular song there is a gigantic orchestral parts, full speed death metal pieces and all the other Mayan trademarks.

Again a Dutch masterpiece and like always I'm not chauvinistic, it is just the way it is.    

01. Bloodline Forfeit
Burn Your Witches
Redemption - The Democracy Illusion
Paladins of Deceit - National Security Extremism part 1
Lone Wolf
Devil in Disguise
Human Sacrifice
Enemies of Freedom
Capital Punishment
11. Faceless Spies - National Security Extremism part 2
Label: Nuclear Blast Gmbh
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 29 January, 2014
Website: www.mayanofficial.com