Country: Italy
Title: Maelstrom
Label: Narcoleptica / Envenomed Music
Year: 2018
Style: Death Metal

Rahbas were formed in 2010 and this is their second full-length album to date, a 9 tracks effort clocking 41 minutes of traditional Death Metal. With lyrics sung in native tongue and with a music that's more abrasive and blunt than a brick of chalk I wouldn't bet on a ton of new followers for Rabhas after this album, but the ones into the ugliest, most uncompromising and uncontaminated forms of Death Metal may find it quite a surprise. The only problem I have with it is the constant use of unnecessary rhythm breaks, but when the compositions get in a good flow mood they sound really good, enraging I'd say, raw and terribly ugly like this music should be. I remember these breaks from the '90's when a lot of beginner bands were using them in a futile attempt to become more interesting, more progressive, and I still find them very useless. Fast, demented and ugly, this is how it should sound in my opinion, and Rabhas know how to do it well, they just try too much to be something they're not. Give this album a listen and make your own mind.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10