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.
This style of black metal often misses the mark with me, but Sojourner pulls it off very well. Empires of Ash contains heaviness and beauty, while not overdoing the elements of epic black metal that can come across as cheesy in other releases. The female vocals are a nice touch. Metallurgical Fire
Dark Dragons of the Cosmos originally lured me into the cosmic realms of what is otherwise known as Battle Dagorath. Distorted vocals from beyond distant stars mix with atmospheric keys and mostly razor sharp, sometimes melodic, guitar riffs, nestled into the cold monotony of a drum computer. Being already a really strong release itself, Dark Dragons should only prove to be a harbinger of the true greatness of future albums to come. Mohemian