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Review: Malamorte - Satan Goes to Heaven to Destroy the Kingdom of God
Satan Goes to Heaven to Destroy the Kingdom of God

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 43:22
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: September 27, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Satan Goes to Heaven to Destroy the Kingdom of God

Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)

Italy's Malamorte ("bad death", if my rudimentary romance language knowledge serves) is a side-project of Alessandro Nunziati, vocalist for Lord Vampyr (a band that was also a side-project at one time). As the "side-project of a side-project" pedigree implies, this is a Black Metal band but one in line with the first wave of the early 80s. The music on album #2, Satan Goes to Heaven to Destroy the Kingdom of God, is traditional metal with proper riffs and solos, no tremolo picking or blasting drums here. Nunziati goes for a King Diamond approach with his vocals, ranging from low growls to high-pitched wails. He's no King and the vocal lines are sometimes jarring and disjointed (possibly on purpose) but the effect is the same; disturbing. The lyrics are overtly satanic, in line with the album's title, gleefully at times as you can hear in the unhinged giggles at the end of the title track. There's not a lot of memorable material but I was intrigued by the fact it doesn't sound like much else out there today, so points for that. The songwriting needs a boost as none of the songs had much flow. They often sound like pieces put together out of convenience. Still, Black Metal enthusiasts looking for a change of pace may want to give it a go.

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