The first time I got in contact with Maroon was on the Groezrock festival in Belgium. Back then they were playing at one of the smaller stages where they gave a devastating show that blew me away. After that I followed the band for a while but for no particular reason they'd left my sight. Maroon is, together with Heaven Shall Burn, one of the main leaders of the German metalcore scene. A scene that is flooded with bands that are all sounding rather the same. This made me very curious whether Maroon is able to hold their position.
After the intro ‘Morin Heights’, it’s on with the first song of the album called ‘Erode’. From the start it’s obvious that Maroon isn’t taking any step back. With furious guitar riffs and the vocalist that screams, grunts and growls they suck you right into the first couple of songs. Before you even know it your halfway the album, and you’ll gasp for air. Intense is the keyword of this album.
On their previous album The Cold Heart Of The Sun the sound shifted a bit more to the metal style, something that continues on this new album. Don’t worry, you don’t have to expect a total different sound. There are still a great deal of killer riffs and brutal breakdowns. But there’s more to come. With several great solos, well balanced songs and a great production this is one of the better German metalcore acts nowadays. The fans can buy this blindfolded.