Just recently, I re-discovered this rousing album because of the excellent "Seid" release. Back in 2016 I did not realize, that "Malum" as well is a fantastic rumbling, but melodic black metal album spreading proudly the spirit of mid-90s' Scandinavian Black Metal and bands like Arckanum, Emperor or Tulus!
Favorite track: Feigdefugl.
"Malum" is KVALVAAG's latest journey through the symphonic black metal cosmos. It contains KVALVAAG's trademark riffing and old school synth wrapped up in an ice cold sound.
The album was partly written and recorded between the summer of 2014 and the winter of 2016 at Kvalvaag Studios by Kvalvaag himself. The drums were recorded at Evil Octupus Studios, and the vocals were recorded at Ika Studios in Vormsund.
”Malum” was mixed & mastered by Bernt Sannerud at Ika Studios (The same procedure as with the "Noema" album in 2014). The cover artwork is done by Khaos Diktator Design (Nordjevel, Svartelder etc).
The drums were performed by Telal (ex-Endezzma, Troll (Official), Astaroth, Sarpedon++) and additional clean vocals by Rammr (Elvarhøy, Jordskipstyrann).
The vinyl version will be completely re-mastered to give it a totally different sound than the original digipack and digital editions.
The re-mastering is done by Tom KvŒlsonic at KvŒlsonic Lab, who is known for his work with Emperor, Arcturus, The Kovenant, Troll, Limbonic Art, 1349 and more.
Whatever sub genre you want to place this in, it’s a very mature and fairly depressive album with no weak points. I always prefer albums with great drummers, and the drums here are excellent. Another standout for year end lists. Metallurgical Fire
"Curse These Metal Hands" parlays the UK bands' chemistry into a record which—for all its tinnitus-inducing ferocity and elegiac arrangements—practically drips with transcendent joy. Bandcamp Album of the Day Aug 18, 2019