Malsain
The Disease


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (70 Reviews)
July 15th, 2010 | 47 replies | 7,108 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great new addition to the black metal scene that more people should know about.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Well since Malsain has never been reviewed on this site, I'll give them a brief introduction. Malsain is a black metal band formed in Norway in the year 2003. Their second album, The Disease was released in 2007. This album is what a lot of people would expect from a Norwegian black metal album, minus the bad production. Insane black metal shrieks, melodic guitar riffs, and many variations of drumming is what you'll hear from this relatively new black metal band. If you're a fan of Norwegian black metal then there's absolutely no reason why you wouldn't like Malsain. For those of you who are willing to hear a new addition to the black metal scene, and a very worthy addition at that, then enter The Disease

First of all, think of this album as a soundtrack to your worst nightmare that you can't escape. Creepy ambient interludes in most of the songs make you feel as though you're trapped in a horrible dream that you just can't escape from. Right when you think the ambient parts are taking over, you'll be hit with straight up black metal from hell. Vocals on this album are handled by a woman named Skumring. I can guarantee you that this is one of the most menacing women you will ever have the pleasure of listening to in your life. You can really feel the emotion in her voice. Think of Angela Gossow from Arch Enemy only less guttural. That's not to say that Skumring has a high-pitched voice, even for a female. She definitely isn't a pussy and she can probably out-scream a lot of men in the black metal scene. Her voice isn't too high or low it's pretty much right in the middle and very easy to listen to. If you're not a fan of the more high pitched black metal vocalists then there's a pretty good chance you would still enjoy the vocals that are heard on this album.

There are a lot of clean guitars present on this album. Whenever the ambient, "nightmareish" parts are playing, that's when you'll hear a lot of the clean guitars in the background. They definitely help build a very eerie atmosphere for the album and makes it scary in a sense. After all the album is meant to be scary and give off the vibe of having a nightmare, as I've mentioned earlier. Now just because there's plenty of clean guitars present in this album doesn't mean that it's not intense too. Ice cold, melodic riffs can be heard throughout the duration of the album, in the vein of early Dissection. The cold atmosphere of this album will really make fans of black metal fall in love instantly with this band. The drumming is what should be expected on a black metal album which means it's filled with fast sections and also some more mid-tempo and slow stuff during the creepy interludes.

One treat for fans of black metal will be the production. The production is very clean to the point where you can hear everything perfectly and understand what's going on. It's also not too clean for all the "elitists" out there who only listen to bands that sound like they've recorded an album in their basement. The atmosphere on this album is absolutely perfect for the message that Malsain is trying to convey to their listeners and that message is pretty much that they are your worst nightmare. Like a lot of Norwegian black metal, this album will give you images of dark, misty forests and other "grim" things of that nature. Not to say that this band is caught up in all the gimmicks of the early black metal scene because that's not the case at all. They know their identity and they're not a clone of any of the second wave bands. Malsain is a great addition to a scene that most people think of as bland now-a-days. Fans of black metal music, and not just elitists who only listen to the most kvlt things they can find, will definitely enjoy this release. Actually, if you're a fan of any type of extreme metal then you'll most likely enjoy the music that can be found on this album. Malsain is an unknown gem in today's black metal scene and it deserves to be recognized.



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Hawks
July 15th 2010



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This one's for Willie lol.

Willie
Moderator
July 15th 2010



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, you got this out quick. My only issue would be that I don't remember many (any?) blast beat sections. Most of the album is more moderately paced (like latter Enslaved). I haven't heard it in a week, so maybe it's just me. Good review, though and hopefully someone besides me reads this and checks it out ;)

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Hawks
July 15th 2010



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well maybe I mistook the faster sections as blast beats? I'll edit that. But thanks dude and yeah hopefully a lot of people check this out.

coneren
July 15th 2010



11110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta check this out soon

Hawks
July 15th 2010



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do it ASAP dude. Spread the word too. More people need to know about this.

Bitchfork
July 15th 2010



7584 Comments


I might actually enjoy this.

Willie
Moderator
July 15th 2010



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've only recommended it to you, Hawks, but you blew me off for weeks ;)

Hawks
July 15th 2010



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey man I completely forgot lol. Thank god you rec'd it again because I would've been missing out.

coneren
July 15th 2010



11110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"you blew me off for weeks ;)" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH oh god I WILL sound immature, but that was fucking awesome.....Will get this if I can find it

Willie
Moderator
July 15th 2010



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hawks has stamina like you wouldn't believe.

Hawks
July 15th 2010



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Touche guys. And Coneren it's rather easy to find, just type it in to google and look for it on mediafire.

Willie
Moderator
July 15th 2010



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pork Chops.

coneren
July 15th 2010



11110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok Hawks trying now....Register as weird name?

Hawks
July 15th 2010



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What do you mean dude?

coneren
July 15th 2010



11110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Trying to get this but it told me to require a weird name....but im gonna go play video games

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2010



15989 Comments


Sounds pretty sexy will check out

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BallsToTheWall
July 15th 2010



44164 Comments


Black metal with clean production is just one giant contradiction. Took me awhile to realize this but I don't appreciate this kind of stuff compared to the rawer variety. Great review though. Might myspace.

SCREAM!
July 15th 2010



9576 Comments


Balls...what are you digging

BallsToTheWall
July 15th 2010



44164 Comments


Live Love Burn Die what does it look like guy? Atreyu just puts so much raw emotion in their music I can't help but feel completely;y enamored by their tunes.

SCREAM!
July 15th 2010



9576 Comments


They should do a split with demi amiright?



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