DISGUISED MALIGNANCE are currently premiering their debut album, Entering the Gateways, in full via Decibel Magazine. Alongside the premiere, the band has also shared a full track-by-track breakdown of the album. Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, DISGUISED MALIGNANCE's first full-length sees the young group combine old and new school death metal influences, with themes of celestial terror. Entering the Gateways will be released via Prosthetic Records on September 29.
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Speaking on the premiere, Felix Pennanen (vocals) comments: "We are happy to finally unleash our debut album upon mankind, and it’s a great honor to have it premiere with none other than Decibel!”
DISGUISED MALIGNANCE’s formative years up until this
point has seen the group operate primarily as a duo, with vocalist Felix
Pennanen and bassist Aatos Palmu forming the band in 2021, and
carefully constructing the band’s foundational sound of old school death
metal sensibilities with a calculatedly modern view of technical
songwriting embellishments. The young band’s dichotomous approach to the
genre was evidenced in their early demo and 2023 promo tapes
respectively, before Pennanen and Palmu found themselves with growing
ambitions for the band.
Commencing writing and recording in 2022 with their core pairing, DISGUISED MALGINANCE display a musical chemistry far beyond their years on Entering the Gateways. Frenzied passages careen and jolt forward with a menacing intent, whilst swarming tremolos and an dexterous rhythmic backbone bring to mind greats such as Demilich and Crytopsy. Written specifically with a solidified quintet in mind, Entering the Gateways ushers DISGUISED MALIGNANCE’s more textured passages into the fold - look no further than Disengagement into Eternity or Remnants of Serenity - that invoke more modern death metal acts such as Tomb Mold and Blood Incantation.
Inspired heavily by Lovecraftian horror and armed with an esoterically eldritch unease at the simultaneously unknown and unknowable, Entering the Gateways oscillates between the physical and the otherworldly throughout its 34 minute runtime. DISGUISEDMALIGNANCE’s ambitions to take death metal’s elemental parts and impart their own verve and voice into the genre are plain to see on their first full-length, and it's a testament to their natural talents that Entering the Gateways stands as a bold introduction to the band.