Heaviness does not always equal success by default, and it’s especially true when you don’t have the proper expertise or knowledge in its utilization when throwing it down. It’s like holding a big sword where if you don’t know how to move with it, have the right grips, or understand its physical requirements you’ll be left severely outclassed by your competition. That’s a fate that far too many doom acts can easily find themselves in without having to even think about it, but seeing a new band try it always gets me excited out of just the chance for goodness. When it comes to their debut offering, Malsten absolutely nailed it without question.
The whole of this record feels like it could be pieced together to become one continuous work consisting of one song that clocks over forty minutes long, and whether or not they intended for that, just the fact that it can be done makes me enjoy this album even more than I already do. Right off the bat with “The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill”, you can tell that Malsten had a sound that was very much centered around some of the core principles of doom – heaviness, and slowness – with both being taken into great consideration in the creation process of this album as one never once overpowers another to make all four tracks balanced in a great way, but it’s the execution where it all comes to a great result. The whole of “The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill” is held together so neatly by great expertise and a very solid understanding of the craft at play here, and Malsten only makes it more delicious from one song to the next to the point that by the end of this incredibly meaty record you’re left wanting to hear more so you dive back into the Mill to experience it all at least one more time. That’s something that isn’t done nearly as well as it should nearly as often as it should, but it’s with the whole of “The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill” that this band elevates themselves to an unexpected level with this being just the first offering we’ve gotten from Malsten, but it’s as potent as any other noteworthy record of the style.
Much like every other band of all kinds that are just starting out, Malsten still has a long way to go before creating something earth-shattering but it would be downright insulting if one were to even suggest that this record is lacking in any way. “The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill” has got so much glory going on within its confines and it’s such a good stepping off point for Malsten that I genuinely can’t wait to see what else they can craft in the future.
“The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill” releases on July 24th!
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