Reviewed: June 2021
Released: 2021, Purity Through Fire
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
Malum, representing their native Finland since 2013 in the world of satanic black metal, have returned with their fourth studio album, Devil’s Creation. An aptly named release, given that it sounds like nothing more than an echo of the horrific moroseness that emanates from the depths of hell, were it possible to peek into the lowest of Dante’s levels.
From all the years I have been doing this job, it is no surprise that experimentation and different influences have filled the black metal canon, changing the perceptions of the genre on the surface. This can be a good thing for a lot of us who want casual onlookers to see us different to how it used to be, but it is always good to be reminded of the old days and how the genre began with bands who keep the basic, old school vibes alive and raw. Malum is just like that – no punches pulled on this record.
It is 38 minutes of raw, angry Finnish bliss, something I would give to any friend who likes to keep black metal old school or basic just like the punk and hardcore fans who like to stick to their scene’s guns.
Malum has taken the satanic nucleus of the genre and made six well-written tracks containing thrashy elements, to remind the world where the genre’s roots lie and to tell that black metal’s origins have not been forgotten. Whilst they are not from Norway, this album is one to add to the collection of anyone who wants the past to be kept in the minds of those only just getting into the black metal world and keep the memories alive.
All in all, I really enjoyed this record and have considered it one with much replay value – something to put on when you just want the best kind of music at its simplest.