|Review: Maleficio - Go To Hell|
|Go To Hell|
Label: Apollon Records
Year released: 2009
Review online: March 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Go To Hell
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
Maleficio have been around for like 20 years, putting out something like 20 demos over two decades before getting down to business. This disc stands out from the fistful of promos I have from Apollon by the sheer heaviness and aggression of the sound, as well as the deep melodic sense at work here. Maleficio have taken Melodeath and twisted it into a darker, nastier, more blackened direction. This is honestly much more similar to old Amon Amarth or even Dissection than anything from Dark Tranquillity, but the melodic kinship is undeniable. I really enjoy this album for the rampant, unabashed heaviness and the whiplash of Trad Metal style in the riffs. The guitar sound is just a big, angry, fat sound with a lot of muscle and chug to it, and the vocals are urgent and brutal. A real pleasure of this disc is that the recording is not cleaned up, and has a lot of dirt and chaos in it. This isn't a masterwork or anything, but I love the sound of a band getting caught up in their own music and just kicking the shit out of the songs, and Go To Hell has a lot of that.
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