Purity ThroughFire sets May 31st as the international release date for the highly anticipated third album of Finland’s Malum, Legion, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
An ever-growing force in the forever-fertile Finnish black metal underground, Malum have become a Satanic power in their own right since their formation in 2013. From there, the band have committed a prolific stream of atrocities, including two celebrated albums – 2015’s Crowned with the Serpent Sun and 2017’s Night of the Luciferian Light – three EPs, and three split recordings, alongside such comrades as Lathspell, Insane Vesper, Sacrificium Carmen, and Sarkrista. The latter two bands joined with Malum for the spiritually aligned split LP Trinity of Luciferian Illumination, which was released by Purity ThroughFire in late 2018.
Now joining the esteemed ranks of Purity ThroughFire following the preview Terror Rehearsal earlier this year, Malumare prepared to make their grandest statement yet with Legion. Titularly elegant in its simplicity, Legion storms forward from its very first seconds with that paradigmatic “freezing fire” so crucial to classic Finnish black metal. But whereas so many past but especially present have sought to dilute or “diversify” the intrinsic power of that idiom – and FAILED, obviously – Malum proudly hold high the torch of traditional black metal values, striding to the head of the flagging pack to lead Finnish black metal back to its former glory.
However, labor under no assumption that such is shorthand for rehashed ideas and general go-nowhere inertia. Naturally, Malum‘s Finnishness is immediately felt, but within those chosen boundaries do the band conjure new spells, new manners of communication, keeping the magick and language alive by imaginatively working within those proud parameters. What results is a deceptively anthemic 38 minutes that show Malum can move dynamically from spiraling speed to ominous march, always exhibiting a passion that’s blanching (and inspiring) to behold. Also witness the band move into more mystical realms with such tracks as “Luciferian Legion.”
Adorned with unforgettable artwork courtesy of R. Ärling, Malum have truly arrived with Legion! In the meantime, hear the new track “Manifest Malum” HERE. Malum will perform only a few selected gigs in 2019; booking requests can be sent HERE. Aforementioned cover art and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Malum’s Legion
1. The Sun Devouring Dragon / Manifest Malum
2. Sexual Demon
3. Days of Slaughter and Destruction
4. Blessed by the Devil’s Blood
5. Luciferian Legion
6. Ajattoman Viisauden Loisteessa