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Review: Maleficentia - Revelation From the Ancestral Whisper
Maleficentia
www.maleficentia.com
Revelation From the Ancestral Whisper

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 50:07
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 12, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Maleficenta is a French act from Ile-de-France that started back in 1998. The band's line-up appears to be unchanged since its beginning, and they use a session keyboard player by the name of Arpad on this recording. Two guitar players are included in this formation, which is normally a good sign. They previously released two full-lengths, namely Born Of Steel and Fire (2001) and Under the Banner of Suffering (2003). Both albums came out through Melancholia Records.

This new output is self-produced, which does not affect the sound quality at all. Labeled as Symphonic Black Metal, Maleficenta does not have the over-produced sound generally found with those types of bands. The musical direction is similar to acts like Dimmu Borgir, Old Man's Child and the likes. This is fast / furious paces with frequent blast beats and double basses. Ambient /symphonic keyboards are also present in every single track. You'll hear tremolo pickings galore on this disc; sometimes both guitar players are doing their own run simultaneously. This is not something I've heard frequently. I would personally have opted for more arpeggios in the harmonies department, with less keyboards and tremolo picking. Not that much variety is to be found in their compositions, although the album keeps a nice flow of melodic Black Metal going. The middle section (tracks 3 to 5) is the most interesting section as far as I'm concerned. "Scarlet Legacy" contains epic and dramatic keys plus distorted arpeggios. "Heuristic Embrace" is a short instrumental with a nice epic feel. "A Forgotten Sanctuary", comes in with variation in pace and atmosphere, but the real treat here are those acoustic and classical guitar parts.

Overall, Revelation From the Ancestral Whisper is a good, melodic piece of Symphonic Black Metal, somewhat generic, but still with its own little touch.


Track Listing:
  1. Through the Mirror of Flesh
  2. Between Tiffauges Walls
  3. Scarlet Legacy
  4. Heuristic Embrace
  5. A Forgotten Sanctuary
  6. In the Shadow of the Labarum
  7. Twilight Synod
  8. Revelation From the Ancestral Whisper
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