A sickening sound brewed in the depths of caverns where tortured souls roam, Helgardh presents their upcoming offering Mallevs Maleficarvm. Through seven flesh tearing offerings, Helgardh tortures you with a sound that is the culmination of black metal with tinges of death. Through this release you come face to face with a truly monstrous and demonic sound that does its best to rip your soul from your being and expunge you from existence. Mallevs Maleficarvm is a stampede of destruction from beginning to end never to give you a breather as it buries you under piles of hopeless cadavers and unfortunate souls.
Mallevs Maleficarvm begins with an intro lasting a minute and a half before it bleeds out and in to the first full length offering that is just as brain blasting and gut bursting as you would imagine. Once the intro recedes in to darkness, Helgardh really shines as they roll from devastating track to devastating track, never to look back at the scorched earth and the piles of bodies strewn about. Each offering that is harbored within the title of this record is a savage and barbaric cut that aims to eviscerate drag you down to the bitter pits of the netherworld. This release is an obliterating tour de force, one that rampages forth from the first note onward, suffocating you under its sheer weight until you are left lifeless.
Through and through you are treated to devilish, malignant and malevolent offerings one right after another. Helgardh greets you with nothing but disease and death laden tracks that rip and tear through your flesh with ease, leaving you maimed and bloodied at the end of it all. From track to track, Helgardh pushes onward propelling forth detrimental blackened tracks that aim for the jugular wishing you nothing but death and demise. With as fluid and well written as this record is, you come under siege immediately until the final note has rang through the halls of the damned. Never are you given reprieve from the onslaught as each track rolls in to the next gifting you with a chaotic and marrow draining listen.
Mallevs Maleficarvm is a solid offering from these heathens. Each track is a technical piece of work that is just as bone splintering as you could want with an underlying devilish ambiance that works well with each track. The musicianship is on point, the vocals are bloody and forceful and the writing is top notch. There isn’t a weak track among the seven as each one works well with the others creating an overall cohesive and fluid sound that is hard to deny. Mallevs Maleficarvm is a hell of a record to kick the new year off and one that should not be passed up on.