Malakhim are a band from Sweden that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an orthodox form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 ep "II" which will be released in March by Iron Bonehead Productions.
A very dark yet heavy sound starts off the ep along with the solos and leads also capturing the same atmosphere of the riffing. Vocals are mostly angry sounding black metal screams along with the riffs also adding in a good amount of evil sounding melodies and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the music is very heavily rooted in the Swedish style of black metal. The guitar solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style and the tremolo picking during the faster sections of the songs also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
A touch of death metal can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while the music brings in more of a modern approach to the black metal genre while also keeping the songs in a heavier musical direction also showing a good amount of progress from the previous recording as well as remaining true to the style they established on the previous release. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Malakhim and if you are a fan of orthodox black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In the Rays of A New Sun" and "Sworn To Satan's Fire". 8 out of 10.