Written by: Blackie Skulless
Maggot Heart caught my attention for the sole fact that their cassette Dusk To Dusk was released through Caligari Records, despite not fitting with that label’s general ideal. Instead of being composed of extreme or filthy metal, it is rooted somewhere in the noise rock and post-punk spectrum. The delivery itself is clean and the frontwoman’s voice is captivating, but I think the fitting factor is that it’s still somewhat eerie. That allows it to appeal to a broader scope of fans.
For the most part, Maggot Heart achieve this due to a very dominating bass presence passed through a somewhat degraded quality thanks to weird reverberation and rough production. Glazing that above a very concise bottom is what gives Dusk To Dusk such a strong identity. It focuses a lot on stompier riffs, showing itself in “Big Kross.” B-side opener “Strange Women” also highlights this by using a repetitive but catchy pattern.
A delivery like this can cause a lack of direction, which will at times make the songs stick together. “Blood Envy” is a pretty heavy-handed tune, jamming out and piling on explosive vocals near the end. The sudden softness of “Pinned Like A Butterfly” gives it a dramatic shift, which was not only neat but broke the songs up a bit. The title track is a favorite of mine, working in licks that jump out using tighter melody. It also sneaks in subtle hints of major keys in the chorus amongst an otherwise minor-toned backbone.
With the way I discovered them aside, Maggot Heart just displays a genuinely unique and solid approach. This could easily please a variety of fans within the rock, pop, punk, and metal spectrum in general. The blending of catchiness and eeriness in such a hard atmosphere covers so much ground.
Maggot Heart - Dusk To Dusk was released July 13, 2018, and on cassette April 24, 2019 from Caligari Records
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