September 19, 2013

Malacath - Songs for the Destitute

Review by Aaron Sullivan.

From New Hampshire comes the one man Black Metal project Malacath with his three song E.P. entitled Songs for the Destitute. To some degree it is one song bookended by two acoustic spoken word passages. Those words taken from "The Outsider" by H.P Lovecraft. The middle track is mid-paced Black Metal with buzzing guitars, a layer of keyboards, and drumming that never blasts but is mixed perfectly to add punch. Vocals are very reminiscent of Nathan Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room fame. Added to the song is also the sounds of nature. Rain and thunder to be exact. The middle section is bathed in it, completed by a kind of gregorian chant. The E.P. reeks of atmosphere. You can almost smell the rain soaked forest floor. There is also a hint of DOOM in these songs much in the same way Velnias pulled off so well in last years RuneEater.

According to his Metal Archives page he has a split and a demo also. I have not heard them and they are not to be found on his Bandcamp page unfortunately. But with this E.P. alone he has made a fan of me.

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