Italy's Malauriu have returned with a new recording that continues the raw and old school style of black metal from previous releases and this is a review of their 2017 album "Semper Ad Mortem Cogitantes" which was released by War Kommand Productions.
A very sounding intro starts off the album along with some grim spoken word parts while also adding in a brief use of ritualistic sounding synths and after the intro the music goes into more of a heavier direction along with some the vocals adding in more aggression and the music is heavily rooted in t he 90's.
At times the vocals utilize a semi melodic tone along with some whispers while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling.
The songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also bringing in a decent amount of melody while synths also make a brief return before returning back to a heavier direction and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Malauriu creates another recording that remains true to their raw and old school style of black metal while also having a vocal approach that is more different than most bands of the genre, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Italian and cover Death, Human Misery and Occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Malauriu and if you are a fan of raw and old school black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Iusta Funebria" and "Occulta Ars". 8 out of 10.