Malebolgia - _Requiem for the Inexorable_
by: Brian Meloon (3 out of 5)
Malebolgia hail from North Carolina, and this promo is their third recording. It features two songs from their forthcoming self-financed debut full-length album. Their music is pretty standard death/grind, featuring the traditional blast beats and hyperspeed guitars accompanied by a combination of guttural and raspy shouted vocals. I wasn't expecting to like it after hearing the first few seconds, but to my surprise, it's actually reasonably well played. Unfortunately, there's very little in the way of dynamics: it's pretty much top speed all the way through. There are a handful of medium-tempo parts, but they're few and far between. In addition, the blasting drums and the sheer speed of the music tend to drown out the guitars, so it's hard to really pick out the guitar riffs. For me, this makes it difficult to enjoy, as I don't find the music very memorable or interesting. Ultimately, it's competently played, and for those looking for a death/grind fix, this should do nicely.


(article published 31/8/2004)

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