|Review: Veldraveth - Malformations of God|
|Malformations of God|
Label: Symbol of Domination
Year released: 2016
Review online: July 27, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Malformations of God
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
Impurity reigns, Christian values are destroyed, humans fall into darkness... Let's welcome the Venezuelan torch bearers of all things unholy, Veldraveth.
Malformations of God, the title of the band's third full-length assault consisting of 10 tracks, offers a decent blend of Black and Death Metal with a good amount of variation created between full-speed-ahead parts and slower passages that really work well together, along with some Thrash segments thrown in for good measure. Veldraveth's vocalist, hiding his identity with the simple alias 'R', has pretty impressive death grunts, reminding me a bit of Esa Lindén from Demigod here and there. The music is kind of stripped down. For example, no solos are played in any of their songs except for "Thunderstorms" (or I just somehow missed those other few due to my obviously half-deaf ears if there were any others). What I found cool about this album is that the guys know how to build up strong atmospheres within their songs. They know how to be really intense or how to calm down for a short moment before restarting their ruthless musical mangling all over again. Most of the time the band plays pedal-to-the-metal though, which is what they seem to love to do most. "Thunderstorms," clocking in at over 8 minutes, made the biggest impression on me. The song is a mid-paced crusher with almost a hypnotic feel to it, differing drastically from the rest of the pack.
Malformations of God is a pretty solid record from these exotic Venezuelan hooded warriors of Satanic values, so by all means check it out if well-made Black/Death Metal is your cup of the blackest coffee.
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