Malkavian - _Malkavian_
by: Adrian Bromley (3 out of 5)
While far from the destructive and monstrous flow of fellow Italian act Cripple Bastards (they rule!), Italy's Malkavian eight-song self-titled release is an interesting grindcore romp, full of fancy guitar riffs and some genuinely interesting melodies -- if there could be any in such heavy music. Musically this band is tight, but somehow the poor production quality takes away from what could have been an abrasive assault on us. With a bit more experience under their belts, I'm sure this band could assemble quite a solid release, as they show potential with opener "Sunburnt" and other tracks "Grabbed by the Neck" and "Vampires". But for now they must follow the work of Cripple Bastards, who not only are the reigning kings of Italian grindcore, but are seriously fucked up. Can they be matched? Only time with tell if Malkavian can do so.


(article published 12/4/2002)

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