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Malasangre : Inversus

Italian band Malasangre has delivered a unique album that is a painful mix of the best elements of funeral doom and sludge. Consisting of a mere three tracks yet droning for almost an hour, it will leave you drained but wanting desperately to hear it again. It is that good, no kidding.

'Sons' opens the record, with dark ambience and silence for a few minutes before the guitars slowly start to buzz into existence supported by drums and bass that trample everything in their path, causing my walls to start vibrating. The guitars have a dirty and hateful tone, but retain elements of that groovy sound usually found in bands like Electric Wizard. A strange combination but it is pulled off really well. The vocals range from whispering, distant field recordings, deep menacing growls and very raspy vocals, which give the disc a black metal twist. And so this album goes, drifting in and out of ambience and devastating, droning doom, wielding the strange but potent combination of funeral and sludge. Because of this, the demo creates a very hypnotic and trance like feel, which really draws you into it. It isn't the type of album you can put on in the background and forget about it; it demands your attention. The droning ambience and sheer weight really carry this record, much in the vein of Burzum and Until Death Overtakes Me do. Another strange association I know, but that's what it reminds me of.

It is very hard for me to recommend this style of music to anyone in particular as it sits between two or three completely different musical styles. But don't let that stop you from hearing this misanthropic mess of droning hatred.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sons
2. Werewolf (Echoes Of The Past)
3. Sharp Contemplation

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
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