Malamorte are a band from Italy that plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Devilish Illusions" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Murdher Records.
A very dark and ritualistic synth starts off the album and also gives the recording more of an avant garde feeling and after the intro the music goes into a very fast and raw black metal direction t hat also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking, blast beats and grim screams while also having a good amount of melody.
A lot of second wave elements can be heard in the music and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and synths also make a return in certain sections of the recording.
At times the songs bring in the atmosphere atmosphere of either an old King Diamond or Mercyful Fate recording and some of the riffing also brings in a catchy 80's metal vibe at times and clean playing along with whispers can also be heard briefly as well as a small amount of spoken word parts and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Malmorte plays a style of occult black metal that is very raw and old school while also being ritualistic at times and adding in influences of 80's metal which makes the music stand out a but more, the production sounds very raw yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics cover Luciferian, Occultism and Left Hand Path themes.
In my opinion Malamorte are a very great sounding raw and old school occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Devilish Illusions" "Possession" and "Lucifer's Rebellion". 8/2 out of 10.