Mallephyr – Womb of Worms

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label URL: http://satanath.com
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat209-mallephyr-womb-of-worms-2018
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/mallephyr/

Band line-up:

Sinneral – Bass
Tom – Drums
Opat – Guitars, Vocals
Adam – Guitars

Tracklisting:

1. The Temple of Nothingness
2. Towards the Interminable Hatred
3. The Absolute Inner Genocide
4. W.Y.I.D.
5. Womb of Worms I
6. … Just a Fraction Remains to Be Forever
7. Womb of Worms II

Review:

Mallephyr are a black metal band from the Czech Republic and who are on Satanath Records. They released their first demo album in 2014 (simply titled ‘Demo 2014’), their first full length album ‘Assailing the Holy’ in 2016, and their second and most recent effort ‘Womb of Worms’ in 2018. Their lyrical themes are based on misanthropy and nihilism and the musicians are hardened veterans of other similarly styled groups.

Let’s get straight to the point: For black metal, this is pretty damn good. The way the songs build tension so expertly then completely let loose at perfectly timed moments is very attention grabbing. Most of these people’s contemporaries do build up the drama, but Mallephyr utilise intelligent chord structures, intriguing and varying textures and potent horrifying atmospheres that many can’t match. Their music isn’t perfect, it does struggle with all the cliches of the genre, but it’s easy to ignore them when one has so much creativity forced upon himself.

Another strength of the material is the way the most epic piece (‘Womb of Worms I’) which is over eleven minutes long, never becomes even the slightest bit boring (indeed no songs do) with its wonderfully executed, nasty arpeggios, two guitar part dissonances and exceptional varying degrees of power. Having said that, the way it fades away at the end instead of building to a grand finale is a bit of a disappointment. Final song ‘Womb of Worms II’, whilst never using such an easy trick, doesn’t quite provide the expected climax, either. As so much havoc has gone on before it, it’s hard to top it all.

To sum up, if this album was released in the early stages of the BM era, it could have ended up being a classic. However, as the band use so many ideas such as tremolo picking and blast beats that have now become ridiculously common, and because they do few things new, they are probably unlikely to achieve the success they perhaps deserve. Take it from me though, their stuff is exceptionally good.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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