Released: 2013, Pulverised Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Majais is a newly formed project holding members from the well-known band 'In mourning' Tobias Netzell and Bjorn Pettersson. 'Cathodic Black' Memorize you with a 26 mintue Ep that feels like the album has almost become one track, blends seamlessly together. This EP has opened more doors for the band introducing Doom & Gloom metal, relaxing us with the sounds of piano and waking us up with the harsh sound of vocals.
We are welcomed by a slow piano opening the first track 'rusting sun', the piano instantly caught my attention, this is something that I welcome with open arms, melodic with a hard doom and gloom approach. As soon as this song started I knew that the rest of the EP had a lot to live up too.
There is so much going on in this first track that each time there is a change happening it feels like a different song: there is a melodic dark death metal but it comes at you with a melodic sludge metal approach that all works extremely well together.
I thought that it was going to be an instrumental, but vocalist Daniel Jansson wakes you up with his unique heavy vocals. There is a lot of power in his voice that the need for emotion in the track all rests in the other band members, which of course they do amazingly.
Once track 2 ' Altar' kicks in, you know that although this album is short, it has something for everyone. You can tell that all of these songs are going to merge into one another, like it is one big track itself. Although it starts of slow again you instantly get a feel of the emotion that is carried on from 'rusting the sun'. You are hit by massive loud cracks of Jonas Martinsson drums that makes the beat flood through your body and you instantly feel the power of this track.
The break downs within this track give you a minute or two to realise that this is where the depth and emotion really show through. Once these slow break downs are over, you know that there is going to be a massive build-up to the hard and heavy shit that you was welcomed with before.
'Tooth and bone', again feels like it has carried on from the last two tracks, it punches you in the face with instant heavy drums and guitar with a massive powerful kick of the vocalist, this is the heaviest of the tracks on the album, I think that this is good to finish with because I am on the edge of my seat wanting more to come from these guys, I cannot wait to hear more from them, this one is defiantly my favourite out of the 3.
Although this was a side project for most of the band members they deserve a pat on the back for introducing this unique and interesting sound into the metal world. There is so much that Majalis have to offer from this album and I highly recommend that if you are a fan of in mourning or swallow the sun that you buy this EP. It is one that all metal fans should invest in.
Reviewed by Becky Brown