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Review: Malvery - Mortal Entrenchment in Requiem
Mortal Entrenchment in Requiem

Label: Frowz Productions
Year released: 1999
Duration: 38:33
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.4/5

Review online: July 17, 2005
Reviewed by: Ktb
Readers Rating
Mortal Entrenchment in Requiem

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Malvery, one of the few black metal bands from Québec, released their first album 6 years after the band was formed. This album is great for a debut: it has some great guitar work and some very impressive vocals. This album was recorded when the vocalist was just about to commit suicide (he killed himself shortly after the album was recorded), so the vocals sound more like someone screaming at the top of his lungs, not your average black metal vocals; you can feel the anger in every song. Sickest and most disturbed BM vocal performance I've ever heard.

"As Drowning Came From Horizon", the intro, has no guitars in it, only strings, which creates a very arcane atmosphere. This piece is emotional (and no screaming yet), it's just the vocalist's spoken word, in a very special way. The vocals sound a bit like a choir, but much darker (and also out of tone, to good effect). The second song, "Drowned In A Dried-Up Lake" starts right off with an aggressive guitar riff, with the vocalist screaming and struggling. It sounds like he's trying to fight his way out of misery by screaming. No lyrics yet, only screams. This song still feels like a preparation to the other songs on the album, however.

The third song on the album, "Suicide, The Only Solution" (the highlight), is where the vocalist takes it all out. In the intro, he screams all he can. The rest of this song is very slow (with a somewhat doom metal feel). The last 3 songs on the album are good as well. Brutal and aggressive, but it sounded too generic. The guitar riffs were a bit too common in some places, "Suicide, The Only Solution" should have a few more riffs and more instrumental parts that should focus on guitars or keyboards instead, for a change. Also, more clean vocals would have been really nice. The screaming gets old after a while, but if you can take it you're probably going to enjoy the hell out of this.

Despite these few flaws, this is a great album that should be enjoyed by most black metal fans that can take unusual vocals.

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