Review by Alex on February 8, 2020.
Demo I by Malignament out through the ever rising to power Purity Through Fire, is an upheaval of mid 90s Scandinavian black metal magnetized to the march of battle and the sorcerers’ lunar spells.
‘A Call to Arms’ makes known its military presence, victorious tremolo riffing, lo-fi drumming and commanding bellows of a blackened tongue marks the once virgin ground, a now deflowered battlefield. Howl at the moon in a cry of lamenting sworn vengeance as ‘Wolf and the Moon’ plays for the pack before the commencement of the hunt. The thirst for enemy blood is strong on ‘Bloodlust’ bringing the short sprint through adversarial territory plunging deep the fangs of a lycanthropic coalition into the now preyed upon. By the blink of an eye you may miss the swipe of the blade or the lunge at you from the dark if keen attention is not maintained, but even such is near impossible due to the sonic gaze instituted on this demo. Like the whiff of a fine perfume that dissipates delicately, you’re left to wonder what fragrance did elegantly pass the nostril.
One would hope there is more to follow these precipitated proceedings all the while humbled before the flame of a time long gone. To satisfactory scale Malignament’s debut demo has taken the fruits of 2nd wave black metal and merged it with poignant yet all the while, mystical-auric-arousals attired for the kill. Whatever your faction, suit up and with banners high march forth before the tribal wails for recompense and sacrifice.
Rating: 7.4 out of 10216