Malacoda – Crawling Chaos

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label: Self Released
Released: 2021
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Band line-up:

Lucas Di Mascio – Vocals & Keys
Wes MacDonald – Guitars
Zachary “Zak” Stulla – Bass


1. Crawling Chaos
2. Deadlights
3. From the Depths (feat. James Delbridge)
4. The Harsh Law



Gothic metal is renowned for combining the gloomy and the romantic which, can create enough songs to “enjoy as well as unsettle”, but sadly, like all other metal genres, unsettling is the only way to describe a release that doesn’t live up to its band’s motto.

I am talking about Canadian gothic metal quintet, Malacoda and their latest EP “Crawling Chaos,” a title that can be either heartwarming to anyone acquainted with the charm and intrigue of anything chaotic or a warning that this new record is merely a hodgepodge of disappointment; and I am more than sorry to say said release falls into the latter.

The opening title track is best described as clunky, for it carries all the hefty ghoulishness you’d expect on a decent goth metal piece but there is very little flow, the focus of the band seems all over the place, and it seemed to be missing something. Musically underweight is the best way to look at this poor tune.

“Deadlights” is slightly better in sounding like a dirge equipped with some mildly symphonic epic vibes which euro metal is famous for and the following track “From the Depths” falls into this too. This could have been a saving grace for the album, but I feel the tracks had been placed in the wrong order as the opening was such a letdown and could have turned many a listener away.

The final piece “The Harsh Law” unfortunately brings the EP full circle in terms of disappointment. Its abrupt ending had me thinking my pc had malfunctioned but no, these Canadians seemed to be pulling some badly oriented shock on their audience. And they definitely shocked me at how disappointing this release was from a band I expected much from.

As a keen listener of gothic metal, I have been looking for impressive new material for some time now, and my hopes were sadly quashed by Malacoda, who seems to have assembled some of their least successful material into a new release, hoping it would gain them some new attention. In this case, said attention was for all the wrong reasons, so it’s back to the drawing board with you, Malacoda.

Review by Demitri Levantis