The Matador are a band from Australia that plays a mixture of sludge and post metal and this is a review of their self released 2011 ep "Descent Into The Maelstrom".
The ep starts out with some clean playing and a few seconds alter drums start to kick in along with some bass guitars which leads to the music music going in a heavier direction once guitars are added in as well as adding in post metal elements and once the growls and screams kick in the recording starts getting a lot more darker and you can hear melody making its way into the music.
As the recording progresses the band starts to find their own sound which mixes sludge, progressive and post metal together and the band are able to mix the 3 while also remaining heavy, dark and melodic all at the same time and they also mix in a small amount of melodic vocals which brings an esoteric feeling to the recording and you can also hear a mixture of clean and heavy parts along with some melodic guitar leads throughout the recording.
On the 5 songs that are displayed on this ep, the band shows a lot of talent and they make each song sound different while you can still hear their signature sound on each track and this is some of the darkest and most progressive stuff I have heard from a band in the sludge metal category.
Song lyrics cover dark themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this ep along with a couple of songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion The matador are a very great sounding mixture of sludge, progressive and post metal and if you are a fan of these musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Kingdom of Glass" and "Eclipse". RECOMMENDED BUY.