23 May 2012Beatwolf
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Maze, trioVD's second album, is a sonic assault - there really is no other way to describe the heavy metal experimental jazz fusion that comes forth from your speakers.
Tightly played, elaborately conceived, and definitely not what you'd expect from three lads hailing from Leeds. However, if you know that they come from LIMA, the Leeds Improvised Music Association then Maze isn't as leftfield as expected. Opening track Brick sets their stall out nicely and from there, the experimentation continues straight through to Pet Shop Boys which is full of syncopated beats and a thumping bass line.
It's hard to get into Maze at first, you'll literally find yourself looking for a way in rather than a way out, though repeated listens will reveal details that you wont have heard originally.
Perseverance will reward you, if you have the patience to not turn off your CD player.