Reviews Maur Elegy



Running nearly twenty minutes in length and featuring two tracks, 2014’s Elegy is the second demo from Indonesian five-piece Maur. I’d classify this band as sounding somewhat similar to stoner metal, particularly on Elegy’s fourteen minute title track which unleashes crisp guitar work played at a deliberate, relaxed tempo. There are moments when the instrumental parts didn’t quite match up to the rhythm, but the track is nice enough to listen to...until vocals pop up during a sludgy, louder middle section and appear intermittently from there on out. Considering how decent the overall production of the track is, it’s unfortunate that these raspy growls positively overpower everything else going on. Even if I could live without every syllable having a crescendo applied to it, I think these death metal vocals could work if only they were better integrated into the track as a whole. 

“Hollow 3" is the other track here, an instrumental with wispy screeches heard over minimal drum elements and groaning, bellowing ambient tones. I really liked this generally peaceful (if sometimes creepy) piece that’s very atmospheric and seems to envelop a listener. It has to be said that this second track sounds absolutely nothing like the demo’s opening, feature piece; an indication perhaps that Maur may need to choose a direction to follow with regard to their sound. With a little trim and polish, they could easily make something that’s worth checking out, but at this early stage, Elegy stands as a hit or miss affair.

5.0 / 10Andy
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

5.0 / 10

5.0 / 10

Share this content
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

CJ Ramone

The Holy Spell

8.2 / 10 CJ Ramone - The Holy Spell album cover
200 Words Or Less

As of August 6th, it’s been 23 long, languid year’s since The Ramones played their final show. Since then, all the original members - Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy ...

New Dialogue

Teach Me How to Feel EP

5.0 / 10 New Dialogue - Teach Me How to Feel EP album cover

New Dialogue's Facebook bio states that the Los Angeles-based quintet "speaks for the moment", and with their band name they "assume an important responsibility" -- bold claims from a band ...


Return Of The Infamous Four

8.5 / 10 Drunktank - Return Of The Infamous Four  album cover

It has been nine years since their début album, The Infamous Four. That’s a long time. Long enough to call this a come-back, I would say. I assume the band thinks ...



Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.