Maim is a death metal band from Sweden who formed in 2006. “Deceased to Exist” is their second full length release and to put it simply; it’s a good one!
“Gravedigger Sacrifice” opens up the album with all the flavours of Swedish death metal; the usual chainsaw tone and grinding d-beat rhythms are both there in spades, but, this is not the case for every song on this album and “Deceased to Exist” is actually a rather varied offering. The album is a mixed bag of straightforward Swedeath driving goodness, mid-paced Hellhammer-esque grooves, melancholically beautiful atmospheric doom sections and chaotic death metal madness.
The mix is a near-perfect blend of old-school and new-school production values that works exceedingly well with the music on display here. The songwriting is rather simple but Maim clearly know how to use this simplicity to full effect as each track keeps your attention without boring the listener and you can hear a great deal of thought has gone into each song; the catchy riffs blend in with the more chaotic sections while the melodic solos and slower sections compliment the extremity very well.
All in all, this ripper slab of Swedeath madness slays.