|Review: Malamorte - Devilish Illusions|
Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 10, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)
Malamorte is a Black Metal side project of an Italian named Alessandro Nunziati a.k.a. L.V. (of Lord Vampyr, Cain, Nailed God, etc. fame). This is his first full-length album, which was co-released in 2016 by Murdher Records and Satanath Records.
L.V. being the firebrand in charge gets some background support from his special guest on Devilish Illusions, the helping hand hiding behind the alias SK, who's in charge of programming, bass, and guitar. Thematically, you get what you can expect from a downright diabolic and blacker-than-thou Black Metal act: Malamorte is all about darkness, vampirism, Satanism, hate, and other so-called 'safe' themes of the genre. In other words, there are no surprises theme-wise. I find L.V.'s side project interesting and worth checking out because they employ quite a lot of unorthodox and avant-garde elements, making the album break from the usual Black Metal mold. At best, they are able to create creepy, spine-chilling atmospheres (like on "Malamorte") by using minimalistic ingredients wisely. Also, what is great about Malamorte is that they are able to change the shade of black in a split second. By this I mean that on one song they may sound like a punk-fueled Venom ("Devoted to Self-destruction"), and on another they go for an Impaled Nazarene vicious 'fuck-you-all-hail-Satan!' route, like on "Lucifer's Rebellion." Malamorte have many rotten, black faces and many blackened colors to propose their loyal servants. Good stuff, although it's nothing revolutionary.
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