Maahlas are a band from Norway that plays a very melodic and progressive form of black/death metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Nightmare years".
A very fast, aggressive and melodic black metal sound starts off the album along with some aggressive screams and angry sounding shouts and a few seconds later they start adding more symphonic elements in their musical sound as well as a good mixture between slow, mid paced and fast parts.
You can hear a great amount of progressive death metal parts in the bands musical style as well as acoustic guitars being added into certain sections of the recording as well as being showcased in a brief instrumental later on during the album which also bring in an early Opeth influence and after awhile the vocals starting adding more of a deeper death metal orientated sound while also still using black metal vocals and after awhile the faster parts start adding in more elements of thrash and the modern Norwegian black metal sound as well as adding in a small amount of spoken word parts.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads the band uses are in more of a melodic musical direction and the band also adds in elements of prog to both the synths and guitars and on some of the alter tracks there is the addition of clean singing which also adds more to the atmospheric side of the bands musical style while the heavier and faster parts also bring in a small amount of blast beats at times.
Maahlas takes a very melodic style of Norwegian black metal and mixes it with death and progressive metal to create and album that is very heavy yet atmospheric and original all at the same time, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics are a concept album based on the confusions and frustrations of life along with a touch of mythology.
In my opinion Maahlas are a very great sounding progressive and melodic mixture of black and death metal and of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sun Of The Sumerian" "An Ancestral Memory" ":Nightmare Years" and "Simulacrum of Reality". 8 out of 10.