European rock outfit Maplerun are releasing their third album ” Partykrasher ” in April.
Immersed in a Nu-metal sound made popular in the 90’s and taking heavy influence from bands such as Godsmack, Creed and Staind. Maplerun have a sound that will be familiar to metalheads that grew up in throughout 90’s and 00’s. Delivering classic rock and metal guitar riffs, hard hitting drums with melodious vocals in a groovy rock style all of their own. Going with legendary producer and multi Grammy Award winner David Bottrill (Tool, Stonesour, Muse, Placebo) for their latest release to bring you ten tracks of quality rock songs for some easy listening. The band have been featured in Metal Hammer and played the same stage with heavy weights Prodigy and Judas Priest at Rockwave Festival.
Hitting play you are first greeted by a Foo Fighter meets My Chemical Romance style intro as the track ” DIY ” fully takes off into crunchy guitars and tremolo picking style riffs. Adding a balanced chorus that entwines perfectly in and out the verses with lots of feeling. Next up is the track ” Keep On Staring ” which the band will be releasing an official music video for this month, this is our favourite track off the album with melodic moments and bouncing parts similar in feel to earlier Limp Bizkit. Another heavy track is ” Replace ” with its big beginning and ghostly verses and overall catchy southern rock theme. Containing a nice mixture of songs from melodic fast paced rock to the more slowed raw metal instrumentals all accompanied by Nick’s distinct style on vocals. With sing along choruses and chants filled with emotion and heart, this is demonstrated well on ” Wasted ” with it’s beautiful intro leading into a build up and the wavy vocal line into groove filled riff that would go down a storm at club nights for a boogie. The closing track “Remedy” concludes the album “Partykrasher ” with its Iron Maiden inspired riffage and massive chorus it’s a strong ending track and will have you coming back for more.
Maplerun have done great with this release, the production is on point and songs are well presented capturing the essence of their sound and progressing from earlier releases. We liked the how the band could go from a haunted melody to a headbanging rock riff and back effortlessly. Definitely would recommend them for fans of Nu-metal and classic metal/hard rock with a decent mixture of recognizable influences whilst retaining their own style and approach.
You can pre-order ” Partykrasher ” now via the bands Bandcamp page.
Metal and rock infused with haunted melodies on a well produced third album