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Review: Malleus Maleficarum - Nothing Left to Fight For
Malleus Maleficarum
Nothing Left to Fight For

Label: Aura Mystique Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 53:44
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: March 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Nothing Left to Fight For

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Of the original 1997 line-up, three of the founding members are left : Ahriman (bass and vocals), Tamas (guitars and vocals) and Nicolas on drums and electronics. 2002 saw their debut Taedium Vitae followed in 2004 by des Bibles, des Hymes, des Icônes... Both were more of the brutal Black Metal style. Now in 2007 a more diversified and different type of Black Metal came out of the infernal trio, a beast called Nothing Left to Fight For through French label Aura Mystique.

On this ten track, 53 minutes plus opus, Malleus Maleficadum blends elements of Black Metal with industrial and electronic frequencies. But, beware, this is still a Black Metal release, so don't expect a techno/danceable sort of music because you'll be sorely disappointed! The French trio writes their lyrics in their native tongue, which is fine with me and different from most releases I get. The intensity level is usually high but the mood can be much calmer at times, spacey in other situations and damn crushing in quite a few occasions. The excellent sound production makes this nightmarish journey easy to listen with the additional pleasure of deciphering all of what was created and recorded. It was with great surprise that I could hear acoustic guitars on a few songs. Instrumental "Les Vestiges de Mon Amertume" is one of them, where the atmosphere still remains on the dark side. "Deviant" also uses this instrument with heavier/distorted guitars, mid-paced and funny electronics near the end. A somber composition using clean guitars, upfront bass, electronics, distorted rasps and cool sounding percussions are heard in " Perversion Comme Representation". For the more furious and faster and hectic music, you have many of the remaining tracks to choose from.

A different and very intense Industrial Black Metal release from France.

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