MALDICION - SELF TITLED - CDR
BLACK OAK PRODUCTIONS
RAW BLACK METAL
PRO PRESSED CDR IN A BLACK
PAPER SLIP CASE
With a genre like Black Metal it is hard to find
a good band that showcases both skill and dedication
these days without relying on false claims or "grim"
gimmicks. With so many bands claiming to play "True Black
Metal" these days there is a lot to sort through before
finding true talent. MALDICION are some of the most dedicated
and enthusiastic dudes doing it right now. Total 90's Black
Metal worship that draw heavy influence from the pioneers
and innovators and filter it through their own drunken
rage and blood lust. Though they may not be reinventing the
genre or bringing anything completely new to the table, They
are definitely keeping the spirit alive and the flame burning.
And being that these dudes eat, sleep and breath Black Metal,
You can bet your ass that they are sincere in what they do.
Many artists can take note of the blistering intensity that
goes into MALDICION's work, Both live and in the studio.
MALDICION are bringing the dark ages to Southern California,
Leaving no cross unturned.
I.) ANGELS BLOOD:
"Angel's Blood" comes on a slow "Freezing Moon" style build up before
kicking sinister riffs that sound like they could have been on an early
GORGOROTH album along with mid-paced but powerful drumming. (Nice to hear
since so many Black Metal albums seem to have a weak drum sound.) The vocals
are raw as fuck. Raspy screams that are similar to artists like CRAFT or early
1349. MALDICION take a semi-melodic approach with the guitar style but it is always
fierce and fiery stuff. Things kick into a faster paced segment complete with a dual
layered vocals attack...With a force like locusts swarming from the husk of a dry corpse
along with deep death growls to add to the terror. (Think early CARPTATHIAN FOREST) Next
we go into blast beats and dizzying riffs along with witchy, croaked vocals similar to
ANNAL NATHRAKH. Intense and relentless. The guitar work is something in-between EMPEROR
and GRAVELAND at times but always changing. Basically every badass tone and technique
that made 90's Black Metal so important is featured here. From here we go into evil
incantations recited over funeral paced, early IMMORTAL/MAYHEM style instrumentation
and then we are tossed back into a mid-tempo assault followed by SLAYER-Esque palm
muted riffing til the end.
"Temptress" follows with scorching tremolo riffing and clashing cymbals before turning
into a pure blackened bloodbath. If you are into early stuff from bands like TAAKE,
URGEHAL, or any of the other "Anti-Human/Anti-Life" bands then there is a good chance
that you'll really dig this. The drums do seem to get slightly sloppy at times here and
there but never enough to keep you from enjoying it...Plus gritty and imperfect isn't
always a bad thing. Death growls and catchy riffs bring to mind early MARDUK or DARK
FUNERAL with some hints of DISSECTION in the melodies. A slow break/buildup leads into
a stomping classic Black Metal style segment that invokes the ancient God's and keeps
the torch burning strong. Blast beats and ultra dark riffs lead the way until once
again we go into a banger of a transition complete with dual solos that carry us into
the final track.
III.) WALK WITH ME THROUGH HELL:
"Walk With Me Through Hell" hits hard right away. Loud and in your face vocals destroy
the walls of your comfort zone and light the roof ablaze. Tribal drumming brings us into
mid to fast paced passages that channel the ferocity of early BATHORY records. A wailing
solo screams and drops us off into a dissonant few moments before we go into all out war.
The vocals are so raw that they sound painful to accomplish. Some of the riffs remind me of
Dark Medieval Times era SATYRICON, but played slightly faster. The track ends in an aural
cacophony of total chaos with some in studio chatter between the band members surprising
us at the end. All in all this is a pretty badass demo.
DIRTY BLACK METAL FOR FANS OF THE CLASSIC 90'S SOUND WITH A FEW NODS TOWARDS
FIRST WAVE ARTISTS LIKE BATHORY, SODOM, TORMENTOR, ETC: