Multi-media artist Nader Sadek will release a new four-song EP called The Malefic: Chapter III next month, for free.
Well, you have to buy the November and December issues of Decibel Magazine, Terrorizer Magazine, or Legacy Magazine to score the EP as a free insert.
The album comes with the following tracks:
1. Deformation by Incision
2. Carrion Whispers
3. Entropy Eternal
Returning to the fold are main songwriters Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy fame, master composer and guitarist Rune Eriksen of black thrashers Aura Noir and ever-rising, multi-voiced growler Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation.
Bobby Koelble, whose jazz-influenced technique mixed with tinges of Eastern passion, brings a fresh flare into the sound. Depending mostly on what sounds like millions of notes being touched at ungraspable speed, Koelble is best known for his work with genre creating band Death, as he collaborated in creating their most revered record, Symbolic.
Lastly, the solos of Brazilian guitarist Andreas Kisser from yet another genre defining band, Sepultura bring an emotion that is both chaotic and yet full of feeling, and whose whammy-bar twisting and dragged notes introduce a wicked counterpoint to Koelble’s style.
Shimmering on the surface are the angelic sirens of Carmen Simoes formerly of the Ava Inferi and current Moonspell backing vocalist, who conjures a sense of depth to the song “Descent”.
Musically, the EP runs through a variety of emotions and styles, resulting in a schizophrenic sound that nonetheless yields a tight, cacophonous, and nightmarish unit, serving the album’s concept of a man’s struggle with the self-defeating consequences of his own decisions. It can be said that each track leans towards a different subgenre of extreme metal, starting with mid 90’s style death metal, coursing through Black metal, going back to late ’80s-era death metal and finally concluding with a doom metal track. However, the general feel of the EP is an undeniably intense death metal vibe.
The album concept conjures an unknown time and place from which God has withdrawn, and even his arch-nemesis has resigned from his post due to inactivity, stranding all souls in limbo.
In order to rescue his loved ones, and all the souls of humankind, from this limbonic afterlife, a nameless protagonist journeys to the sacred mountain of the divine. Convinced by the righteousness of his mission, he believes that his enthronement on the divine mountain will release all souls to eternal bliss. Yet blinded by his own arrogance, he realizes only too late that he has reactivated and occupied the throne of the devil, condemning all souls, even those of his family, to an eternal inferno.
Chapter III signifies the final act and conclusion of the story, which is set to be re-released as a graphic novel in the future along with Chapters I & II.
The fantastical imagery and vocabulary of The Malefic: Chapter III conceals a combative political allegory in that the journey of the nameless protagonist replays the journey of most politicians. Seeking power to serve righteous ends, their arrogance and access to the corridors of power corrupts them until they pursue personal gain above all else, even to the point of destroying the very things they originally desired to save.
Martin Rygiel, formerly of Decapitated, is the band’s bassist and also mixed and mastered the EP, which guests Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster and Olivier Pinard, formerly of Neuraxis.
Says Ryan of the album:
“Listening through to the new Nader Sadek material, soon to be released and the world of METAL is in for a serious treat that nobody saw coming. Very proud to be a part of this insane project and to listen back to our hard work.”
While Sadek is well-known for curating this musical collective and hand-drawing all the artwork, for this EP he has also written all the lyrics and composed most of the vocal phrasings delivered by Ryan.
The EP was recorded in various locations and with multiple engineers.
Most notably are Christian Donaldson, who recorded guitars and drums in his Montreal studio, the Grid. Vocals were recorded by Casey Smith and Jay Newman in New York, with additional vocals recorded by Sam Lathrem and Martin Rygiel in San Diego.
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