Hailing from jolly old England, Ted Maul are definitely one of the more eclectic metal bands to tear up the music world in recent years.
Their debut album "White Label", released in 2007 on Raise The Game's label is a curious mix of death metal/hardcore and drum'n'bass influences.
First off, this album isn't something you can take in with only one listen. The major tracks, such as Forest...With This Memory of a Free Festival, The High Commissioner, or Gutting the Reason, don't let up from start to finish, while tracks like 200db's Down and Extricating the Macrocosm break up the album and and a sinister quality through samples and distorted drums/guitars.
There are a number of hidden qualities that being to show forth with every listen, and this album is definitely not short of quality. Vocalist Solomon explores a number of dark themes, from drugs and violence, through to politically driven comments on society as Ted Maul see it. You only have to check out Gutting the Reason or For the Innocent to see that these guys are angry, and aren't short of commentary. Solomon's ferocious roar and wall of noise that supports him only add to the rage. This is definitely not music for those wanting a cheery tune, but its energy will make you want to get up and move!
One of my favourite aspects of the album is the incredible mix of drum and electronic beats with their guitar crunch. Unfortunately, as Ted Maul haven't yet toured Australia I'm still to experience the live power of that much bass, and I cannot wait.
For those brave enough, or those already immersed in the metal scene, Ted Maul are worth a listen, and I'm sure you'll have them on repeat. I've found myself constantly returning in the years I've had the album.
You'll love it. Bring on album number two!
Note: This album does contain coarse language and adult themes. I don't recommend this for younger listeners.