Maharaja are a band from Dayton, Ohio that plays sludge metal and this is a review of their self released 2017 album "Kali Yuga" which will be released in September.
Powerful sounding bass guitars start off the album along with some drum beats and melodic riffing a few seconds later as well as some aggressive vocals while elements of hardcore can also be heard on the recording and the slower sections of the songs are more influenced by sludge and doom metal.
When guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion while also adding in a touch of stoner metal and after awhile high pitched sludge style screams start to make their presence known and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly along with some of the tracks also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and a couple of the songs are very long and epic in length and clean singing is also used briefly.
Maharaja plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in sludge metal while also mixing in the energy of hardcore punk, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover darkness, occultism and apocalyptic themes.
In my opinion Maharaja are a very great sounding sludge metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Blood Moon" "Ouroboros" and "I, Undyimg". 8 out of 10.