With a prelude that would be fitting in any Tarantino film, MAXSEL’s progressively psychedelic single “Shy Landscapes” unfolds. The snaking rhythm of the guitar guides you through the smoky, reverb-soaked mix in an approach to solo guitar instrumental music that is uniquely refreshing.
Don’t get me wrong, whilst I love an intricate screaming riff, we’ve pretty much heard all the Power Metal guitar tracks we ever need to thanks to DragonForce. With Shy Landscapes you’re guided through a lucidly pioneering Rock solo the experimentalism remains as a constant throughout the track with its sinister undertones and breakdowns similar to Sonic Youth’s earlier sound.
If I have sold MAXSEL’s cinematically arresting style, you can check out Shy Landscapes for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now which is just one of the tracks from MAXSEL’s 2018 release “Trip to the Lost World”
Review by Amelia Vandergast