Released: 2001, Independent
Damn this pile of CDs on my desk. It just keeps growing and growing and growing. This is a CD I have had a for a few months now and really needed some time to give it a proper listen before I reviewed it. Well, I found the time and here it is.
Malestrom is essentially a solo project of Alexandre Cegalla who plays guitars, keyboards and does all vocals. He is joined by guest musicians Augustin de Carmo (bass) and Stephano di Borgia (drums and percussion).
The CD has 15 tracks and clocks in at a little over 1 hour. Pretty good bang for the buck. The release opens with the obligatory if unneeded intro piece called “Sea of Madness,” which is followed by the true opener, “Maelstrom.” This is definitely one of the better tracks on the disc. Cegalla establishes that he has some chops and is not afraid to show them. “Eternal Curse” is groove laden and, though simple, makes you want to bang your head, and is followed by the equally good and more melodic “Every.” “Legions of Hades” gets my vote for best song on this CD. It's heavy, the drums are crisp and powerful, and the guitar playing is crunchy and aggressive.
Cegalla made a smart move when he recruited di Borgia to play the skins. He really needs to rethink doing the vocals himself. Though his vocals might not be up to par, Cegalla cannot be faulted for his guitar playing on this disc. It is exceptional. If he had handed the vocals over to someone else it would have gotten a full half point more. As it is, MAELSTROM is definitely on the path to something good here. http://www.maelstrom.com.br