Coming off of a ripper of a release off of Blood Harvest Records titled Storm of Witchcraft, Malleus graces us with yet another cross burning and hellish offering in the form of an EP titled Night Raids. Within this EP you are sure to find two devilish tracks that fuse black metal with elements of thrash to create an unholy and flesh peeling sound that is not to be denied. Barely topping over seventeen minutes, the two tracks that are attached to the title are nothing short of blasphemous and malignant offerings that are sure to boil your blood and twist your spine.
Both tracks are addictive onslaughts of the blackest of metals, leaving you shredded and maimed at the end of it all. Each track is played at a wicked pace, only relenting when they cease only to have you reach for the play button once more for more sonic blasphemy. Malleus begin with the title track which leads you in with a haunting and foreboding intro complete with sounds of war and flesh being sliced and torn before really trudging deep in to the malevolent darkness with their ever blood boiling style of metal. Once the nightmarish atmospherics fade, scythe like riffs and ever blasting drumming tears through the air and your flesh. The title track is a gripping and ripping offering that never relents until the final note has called out from the caves of hell. Complete with screeching gravel filled vocals, the opening track presents you with an overall hellish and dehumanizing sound that aims to rip and tear at your soul all while letting your blood drain down to the bowels of the netherworld.
The second offering The Wretched plays much the same way. At first you are greeted with yet another slow burning haunting intro that buzzes in your ear while the high pitched sounds of cymbals echo through the halls of the damned before a wraith like doom centric riff begins. Once the opening riff fades and the atmospherics crawl back in to the ever growing darkness, Malleus displays their wretched blunt force assault once more. The Wretched is just as up tempo as the opener is as it provides you with even more cutting riffs and even more hellish screams from the abyss to gift you with yet another skin shredding and flesh peeling offering. If the first track didn’t already, the one that follows is sure to bleed you dry as it is just as relentless and raw.
Night Raids is a sinister and unholy offering that gifts you with two blackened offerings that are purely malevolent and wicked. Overall the musicianship is incredible, the vocals are on point and to wrap everything up the production is raw and gritty. Night Raids is an exceptional follow up to Storm of Witchcraft as you are treated to two more tracks of superb black metal.