a few splits and a live album Malediction
makes its presence known with its massive sound. Its very dense.
Taking multiple listens to truly take in all there is in this album.
From the crushing and oppressive guitar tones to the bone rattling
bass, even the drums have this deep and impressive sound that shakes
you down to its core. The tracks are long on this album as well, the
duo take their time with their song writing, letting it stretch out
for up to sixteen minutes, like on the first track Devourer
of A Thousand Worlds.
But that's okay, you get really immersed in the music. It takes you
on this dark and twisting journey that is truly awe inspiring.
The vocals are these echoed and tortured cries of pain that seem to scream out from below the music, very much mixed under the instruments, plus with the added effects it creates a really mysterious and cryptic atmosphere. The guitars and bass are really heavy and I love that. The chaotic and cryptic riffs that are drawn out along side the really bone shaking bass that are both played really well, clearly in the hands of a skilled player. Especially the guitar solos that I personally wished were mixed a bit higher as they're over taken by the back up rhythm guitars. Maybe they did it for an aesthetic choice, I'm not sure, but what you do hear are these well written and cosmic sounding solos that almost remind me of Inquisition when ever Dagon goes on his solos, which helps make this band stand out from their peers seeing as when ever other blackened death metal type bands go on their wailing solos, its almost always something hellish and chaotic, something I believe this band wasn't aiming for on this album, wanting to keep things more focused and straight forward.
This is a masterful album and a truly epic album. One of the best I've heard this year and I am glad I was able to pick up a physical copy of it, because it sits proudly along side others in my collection. Highly recommend giving this album a listen when given the chance.