First official EP from Maelstrom.
"Case in point, Maelstrom, a new post metal act from beautiful Florence, Italy. Captained, in full, by Ferdinando Valsecchi, this is another notch in the belt of solo projects. Taking all of the imagery and smoothly written melodies of art rock, and tossing them into a blender with the distortion and blast beats of post metal, Valsecchi has concocted a four song EP, titled "The Passage," that will have you believing that one is not the loneliest number; but it may be the most potent. [...] Whether you take in this album as four separate tracks, or as one 20 minute chunk, there is an enormous amount of music to digest. Maelstrom isn't giving you standard, black and white post metal. Instead, what Valsecchi creates is something that is, dare I say, atmospheric more than it is heavy. This album walks a fine line between music for a sunny day car ride, and music for a stormy night alone. This alone makes it worthy of our money, or at minimum, our attention span. There aren't any hidden gems on "The Passage," nor anything you will need to strain your ears to hear. It's all out there, ready to be consumed."
"Overall, “The Passage” is a pleasing listening experience, the release is short so there is not room for redundancy (on the contrary, the listener is left wanting for more), hopefully this release will be a nice stepping stone for future improvements, especially as regards potential full lenghts."
released 10 June 2012
F.Valsecchi, M.Simonelli, Maelstrom, MadArchitects Studio